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The New Concern About Electronic Cigarettes

New Concern About Electronic Cigarettes

The New Concern About Electronic Cigarettes

E-cigarettes. A safer alternative to cigarettes? The American Lung Association isn't so sure about that.

There have been many claims that e-cigarettes can be used to help smokers quit. However, these all go unproven. There is evidence that e-cigarettes contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, including carcinogens that deem them unsafe. The Surgeon General has found that nicotine has negative health impacts on fetal development and adolescent brain development. Nicotine is also believe to be a contributor to premature birth and low birth weight.

A 2014 study found wide-ranging nicotine levels in electronic cigarettes and great variability between listed and actual nicotine levels in these products. The FDA conducted lab tests back in 2009 that found levels of toxic cancer-causing chemicals, including an ingredient used in antifreeze.  Another study conducted in 2014 found that e-cigarettes with higher voltage levels have higher amounts of formaldehyde, a proven carcinogen.

What about the potential harm of "secondhand smoke" to people exposed to  e-cigarettes?

Two studies conducted found formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (all carcinogens) released from e-cigarettes. Other studies have found that even exhales from e-cigarette users contain formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other harmful chemicals.

While there is still a lot of research to be done on the dangers of e-cigarettes, it is clear that there is much to be concerned about.

The American Lung Association is Concerned About E-Cigarettes and Minors

In multiple studies, e-cigarette usage has dramatically increased, especially among the youth. A national study found that e-cigarette use among teens exceeds tradition smoking. In fact, the study found that e-cigarette use among 8th and 10th graders was double that of traditional cigarette smoking. E-cigarette usage among high school students increased by 61% from 2012 to 2013.

The American Lung Association blames marketers for this uptick, saying that the marketing targets the youth, including the use of candy flavors and the glamorization of e-cigarette use.

The FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research has not approved any e-cigarette as a safe and effective method to help smokers quit.

When smokers are ready to quit, they should call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or talk to their doctors about using one of the seven FDA-approved medications proven to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit.


American Lung Association

American Lung Association Statement on E-Cigarettes

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