Classification of E-Cigarettes

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While e-cigarettes contain no tobacco, they are classified as a “tobacco product” by government agencies. The vapor contains trace levels of contaminants, which are equivalent to other FDA approved pharmaceuticals. The risk of death from electronic cigarettes is less than 5%, which is more than 4% higher than the risk of dying from smoking traditional cigarettes. Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, of those, 250 are known to be harmful to for smokers and second-hand smokers. At least 69 chemicals in tobacco smoke are known carcinogens, toxic metals, hazardous gases and radioactive chemical elements.

Activists in support of legalizing e-cigarettes question governmental figurehead’s alarmist language concerning the non-tobacco products. Studies confirm that e-cigarettes contain fewer harmful chemicals, cause fewer deaths and diseases and are a safer method for nicotine delivery. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to employ tactics that e-cigarette manufacturers call unfair. Anti-electronic cigarette organizations claim that the presence of diethylene glycol and nitrosamines in the vapor cartridges are a risk and spread fear among a cigarette-addicted population in urgent need of safe smoking cessation alternatives.

Their message also reaches non-smokers, purposefully planting the belief that non-tobacco devices are just as dangerous as regular cigarettes. The fact is, other nicotine replacement products approved by the FDA contain nitrosamines, making e-cigarettes no more harmful than nicotine gum, patches and lozenges. One federal judge accused the FDA of purposely and wrongfully trying to control and regulate electronic cigarettes in an overly aggressive manner.