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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

E-Cigarettes Win A Victory

Cigarette smoking occurs every day by millions of people who are willing to take the risk despite the declaimers posted on every box. It has long been understood that not only were cigarettes addictive, they were also extremely hazardous to one's health. Quitting cigarettes can be difficult for most people who have the urge to live a healthier life, after years of smoking day in and day out changing the regiment can be taxing to say the least. There are alternatives to smoking which are considered to be much safer and less corrosive to the body, yet still satisfy one's urge for a fix. Gums, patches, inhalers, and even prescription medications have all worked for a number of people. A new substitute which has gained a lot of popularity is the E-Cigarette which look very similar to a real cigarette but instead of smoke you inhale a vapor that contains nicotine.

E-Cigarettes were in the press recently concerning an U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval on how E-Cigarettes were to be classified. The FDA announced it will regulate smokeless electronic cigarettes just like all other tobacco products, the same as traditional cigarettes. The Associated Press (AP) reported that the FDA chose to not regulate the E-Cigarettes as drug delivery devices which would have meant much stricter regulations for products of this type.

The AP reports that the FDA’s announcement, made in a letter to stakeholders, was viewed as a victory for makers and distributors of E-Cigarettes. E-cigarettes have been available in the United States since 2006 and are used by several million people worldwide, according to the AP. While E-Cigarettes are a safer alternative to real cigarettes, the ultimate goal is to rid oneself of cancer causing toxins altogether. E-Cigarettes are not a hundred percent safe by any means; the FDA tests found that the liquid in some e-cigarettes contained toxins besides nicotine, as well as cancer-causing substances found in tobacco, according to the AP.

"In the United States, an estimated 24.8 million men (23.1 percent) and 21.1 million women (18.3 percent) are smokers. These people are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke. The latest estimates for persons age 18 and older show" - National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 2008, National Center for Health Statistics.

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