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The FDA is finally getting around to handing down regulations controlling the manufacture, distribution, sale and use of so-called “E-Cigs” or electronic cigarettes. Here are some things you should consider before trying this fairly new technology.
What Are E-Cigs?
E-Cigs (or e-Cigs and e-Cigarettes) are delivery systems for inhaling nicotine vapor which is less “smoky” than traditional cigarettes and produces no flame, smoke or ash. There are two main types: Refillable and Disposable.
How Do E-Cigs Work?
e-Cigs operate on an electronic ignitor system which “burns” concentrated liquid nicotine, producing nicotine vapor, or “Vape.” Smoking one is known as “Vaping” and smokers are known as “Vapers.”
Are E-Cigs Legal?
So far, little regulation has been enacted controlling the sale of e-cigarettes. However, the TSA has recently banned them from use on airplanes and the FDA is expected to hand down extensive regulations controlling the distribution, sale and use of e-cigarettes, very likely in line with similar controls over traditional tobacco products.
Can E-Cigs Help Me Quit Smoking?
Early research is encouraging. Clinical studies have found that there seems to be a rise in smokers who wean themselves completely off tobacco after a few months controlled use. However, most Vapers use e-Cigs as a replacement for tobacco products, since non-smokers either aren’t aware of their use or are indifferent.
Can E-Cigs Help Cut Down?
Most e-Cig smokers surveyed say they have been successful in cutting down regular tobacco use, since e-cigarettes are a less obtrusive way of inhaling nicotine in enclosed spaces like offices, homes, restaurants and bars.
What Does The FDA Say?
So far, the FDA has not stated an official position, but has unofficially acknowledged they are evaluating proposed legislation based on legal suits brought against e-Cig manufacturers. Expect the issue to be a major topic in the months to come.
Are E-Cigs Labeled?
E-cigarette manufacturers have, so far, voluntarily labeled their product in a way similar to the warning labels found on tobacco products in the market, though not as harshly. Whether the government will require stricter labeling is an issue soon to be decided definitively.
Are E-Cigs Cheaper?
In the long run, yes. Of the two types, disposables are slightly more expensive, and convenient. Refillables require an investment in a delivery system, and must be refilled periodically. But both types cost less than the average pack or carton of cigarettes, especially in states with intentionally prohibitive tax rates.
Are E-Cigs More ‘Healthy’?
No nicotine delivery system can be judged “safe” in the long run, as tobacco, in all forms, is highly addictive and has been proven to cause cancer. So, the jury is still out. But, you can bet one thing: Over time, they’ll probably kill ya…