There have been many exciting new developments in the world of electronic cigarettes. However, not all developments have proven to be completely positive. There has been much legal wrangling back and forth over the alleged resemblance of e-cigarettes to traditional, tobacco filled, cigarettes when it comes to safety issues. During the past few years, the United States Food and Drug Administration has been pursuing a ban on the importation, domestic manufacture, distribution, and sale of e-cigarettes. There is much speculation that their hand has been forced by agents (“lobbyists”) of large tobacco companies. While this cannot be proved, the fact remains that electronic cigarettes have come under attack.
In 2009, an American newspaper known as the New York Times published an article in which the resultant opinion of the author was that electronic cigarettes are both “safe” and “healthy”. Unfortunately, while there is plenty of evidence which proves that e-cigarettes are far healthier and less likely to cause cancer and other diseases and disorders than traditional, tobacco filled, cigarettes, there is still no conclusive evidence that electronic cigarettes, in and of themselves, are “safe” and “healthy”. What should thus have been a matter for simple disagreement concerning the editorial responsibility of the New York Times instead became a major legal case, complete with international ramifications.
After the New York Times published the article in which they alleged that electronic cigarettes were “safe” and “healthy”, the United States Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an immediate challenge to this “unverified” claim. This federal agency quickly moved in and halted all foreign shipments (importation) of e-cigarette products into the United States and all of its territories. This was billed as a “safety review”, and was to remain in effect until such time as a thorough and formal review of electronic cigarettes and their effects could be conducted.
Since all current models of e-cigarettes are foreign made, this decision on the part of the Food and Drug Administration quickly raised some suspicious eyebrows. Could this merely be a huge bluff made by the FDA, thanks in large part to lobbying efforts by the silent, unseen, but very deadly and efficient, representatives of Big Tobacco? After all, tobacco is a huge cash cow in the United States, for both the domestic and foreign markets. Many viewed this freeze on the sale of electronic cigarette products as a simple “protectionist” move on the part of a huge chunk of the American domestic economy.
The Food and Drug Administration then proceeded to perform several tests on electronic cigarette products in its official laboratories, and quickly pointed out that one of the cartridges used for providing “flavoring” for certain brands of e-cigarettes had tested positive for a small trace amount of DEG, a substance which is very harmful for humans when they inadvertently ingest it. However, this presence of DEG was due to the fact that the cartridge tested was from a “tobacco” flavored electronic cigarette. None of the “normal”, pure water vapor, e-cigarettes contained DEG.
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