Electronic Cigarettes Present Unknown Dangers

Recent research by theFood and Drug Administration revealed, that electronic cigarettes (e-Cigarettes) are not as safe as manufacturers have led the public to believe.

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Our personal injury lawyers in Spartanburg know electronic cigarette manufacturers may make misleading statements about the potential safety of their products.

The Food and Drug Administration is dedicated to protecting and promoting the health of Americans.

Electronic cigarettes are battery operated devices that are designed to provide flavor, mixed with nicotine, and other chemicals. Electronic cigarettes operate by turning highly addictive nicotine along with other chemicals into a smokeless vapor that can be inhaled by the user.

Many Electronic cigarettes are made to appear as if they are conventional pipes, cigars, or cigarettes. Some other electronic cigarettes may look like common items such as USB flash drives or pens.

According toForbes.com, e-Cigarettes have increased in popularity very rapidly. Among adults who smoke, 10% used e-Cigarettes in 2010. That number rose to 21% in 2011.

E-Cigarettes are marketed as a safe alternative to combustible cigarettes but the reality is the absence of smoke does not mean there is an absence of chemicals.

Due to the recent rapid increase of e-Cigarettes in the market place they are not regulated which means the actual substances entering a user’s lungs may vary a great deal from manufacturer to manufacturer.

A major concern regarding e-Cigarettes is the efforts of manufacturers to market to teens and possibly even children. Currently, kits exist to create custom e-Cigarette flavors and include flavors such as bubble gum, cotton candy, mint and chocolate.

E-Cigarettes are also readily available in shopping malls and online. Many are concerned that the use of electronic cigarettes by young people may act as a gateway for teenagers to try other tobacco products such as conventional cigarettes.

The chemicals identified in electronic cigarettes can be extremely dangerous according to an article onNaturalMedicine.com.

Electronic cigarettes contain toxic chemicals and carcinogens. One toxic chemical in particular, diethylene glycol, can be found in antifreeze.

Another chemical found in electronic cigarettes is a well-known carcinogen – nitrosamines.
Since electronic cigarettes have not yet been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration for testing and approval there is no way of knowing what can be found in each type of electronic cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration does regulate multiple products that are similar to electronic cigarettes such as:

• smokeless tobacco • roll-your-own tobacco • cigarette tobacco • cigarettes
The Food and Drug Administration is asking the general public to report any adverse events caused by e-Cigarettes.

An individual may report an adverse event by completing this FDA form online or calling 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation with our North and South Carolina attorneys. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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