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‘Electronic’ cigarettes deemed unsafe, according to the FDA

July 24, 2009 by  

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revealed that devices that were meant to be safe alternatives to smoking may be harmful to a user’s health.

Electronic cigarettes, also known as ‘e-cigarettes,’mimic actual cigarettes and pump out nicotine, flavors and other chemicals to remind ex-smokers of the taste and feel they miss. However, the cartridges also emit harmful chemicals like diethylene glycol that is commonly found in antifreeze, according to the FDA.

The FDA has not approved these e-cigarettes, yet they are marketed to young people and can be found online and in shopping malls where youth spend time.

In response, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, FDA comissioner, said, "the FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public."

Another study by Wake Forest School of Medicine revealed young people should not be exposed to even more nicotine or cigarette product.

Secondhand smoke exposure has become a problem, with 83 percent of survey participants admitting that they had been around it at least seven days prior.ADNFCR-1961-ID-19279185-ADNFCR

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