Electronic cigarettes will soon be regulated in the States as is tobacco. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) came to their decision when the US Court of Appeals announced that ‘e-cigs’ are not considered drugs or devices considering that they are not sold for therapeutic reasons.
This follows a 2009 decision that the FDA would regulate tobacco products if they are not considered drugs or devices. Although these cigarettes are not tobacco products, since they merely have nicotine and are shaped like a traditional cigarette, one would wonder why such a product would be regulated as a tobacco product.
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However, the FDA want to be regulating such products as there is little known of the effects the substances will have on people especially in the long term. Without regulation, products do not need to be reviewed before they are put on the shelves and customers could potentially be putting themselves at great risk. The agency will create a specific wording for their regulation of e-cigs. They will need to highlight why the product needs regulation as tobacco does considering it is without tobacco and because it is not considered a therapy of any kind i.e. like nicotine gum and patches and other cessation products like Champix.
The FDA state that the companies can add nicotine to their products which goes against what is allowed in smoking cessation products.
Smoking kills 5,000,000 people every year and e-cigs are helping many in their fight to give up the fags. They do not (as far as we know) harm the body, they do not harm the environment and people do not have to suffer from breathing in second hand smoke not to mention the resulting stench of breath and clothes.
I have been dubious about e-cigs since their emergence last year but the more I read the more hopeful I am that they could potentially replace cigarettes. Nicotine liquid is vaporized and turns into a vapour that is odourless and without tar. Seemingly the look and feel of the e cigarette is so close to the real thing that smokers have switched to e cigarettes after their first taste. A glowing red light even becomes activated at the tip of the cigarette upon inhalation.
It is a common misconception that e-cigs are expensive because the initial price is more expensive than a traditional pack of cigarettes however e-cigs are refillable and subsequent purchases will be much lower in cost .
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The American Journal of Preventative Medicine published a study that was carried out to assess the effectiveness of e-cigs in terms of smoking cessation. Surveys were sent to 5,000 people who had bought them and of 216 respondents almost 70% had cut down on number of cigarettes smoked over a period of 6 months. 30% of the respondents said that they had quit.
What people do not know is that the e cigarette can provide a smoker with the option of quitting completely. Stop Smoking devices such as Champix have a very high success rate, 60% in fact. New research suggests that in order to get the very best from the drug, treatment should commence four weeks before the original quit smoking date as opposed to the previously recommended two weeks because this will increase chances of success. This study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.