Today the Food and Drug Administration proposed strict rules regarding the regulation of electronic cigarettes, water pipe tobacco, hookahs, nicotine gels, and cigars.
The proposed regulations, which may be finalized after 75 days for public comments, consumers will have to be 18-years-old to purchase these products, vending machines would not be allowed to sell these products, health warnings would need to be labeled (not just warning about nicotine addiction), manufactures would need to register all products with the FDA, and they would not be allowed to give of free samples.
In 2013, electronic cigarettes tripled in sales in the U.S. to approximately $3 billion. “ECigs” have been marketed as a safe alternative to traditional cigarettes, but are they really safe? ECigs, or “vapes,” contain liquid nicotine that is inhaled and released as a vapor.
Most vapes are batter-operated and come with replaceable cartridges, including many exotic and fruity flavors used to entice a younger market. Although they look like cigarettes, many are similar to pens and some are even bejeweled. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that more high school students are using e-cigarettes, as the statistics doubled from 4.7% to 10% between 2011 and 2012.
Many claim that e-cigarettes can be beneficial for those who have decided to quit smoking. They might even believe it is a healthy alternative since all they are inhaling in nicotine and not the countless other harmful chemicals in traditional smokes.
Here are the top 4 reasons why eCigs are not a healthy:
- Those who smoke eCigs put themselves (parents put their children) at risk for nicotine poisoning. Because you can smoke vapes inside, even in some public places, you may be consuming high levels of nicotine. Refilling your pen or pipe could lead to the liquid seeping into your skin and directly entering your bloodstream.
The CDC reported that 215 calls were made to poison control centers across the U.S, involving e-cigs in just February. Bouncing back to the dangers these products present to the youth, in 51% of these calls, children were the ones in health danger.
- Electronic cigarettes claim to only contain nicotine—not the 600 other ingredients in cigarettes that create more than 7,000 chemicals including ammonia, arsenic, carbon monoxide, and methanol. But nicotine is still a highly addictive substance. Many who smoke eCigs claim they smoke just as much or more than they did when they smoked traditional kinds. Truth is because they aren’t labeled, eCigs are other vapes can contain other hazard chemicals and substances. Put simply, just don’t know what you’re inhaling.
- ECigs can explode while in use, making them extremely dangerous. A patient on oxygen at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center hospital in New York reportedly caught fire for allegedly smoking an e-cigarette. A car reportedly burst into flames as the owner charged their eCig battery, a house caught fire in Idaho after an overcharged cCig battery exploded, a man suffered severe injures in Florida after his exploded in his mouth, and a mother’s eCig burned her son.
- There is an increase of damage to your mouth, lungs, intestines, and brain because of the gas exchange in these absorptive body surfaces. There is still a risk of circulatory problems stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Research is no conclusive on how safe these cigarette alternatives are.