FDA questions safety of electronic cigarettes

July 30, 2009
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<div>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a consumer warning about electronic cigarettes ("e-cigarettes"), which are&nbsp;promoted as an alternative to smoking tobacco. The battery-operated devices, designed to look and be used like real cigarettes, contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor, and other chemicals. They turn nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The FDA warns that "e-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products" and that "clinical studies about the safety and efficacy of these products for their intended use have not been submitted to the FDA."</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>The agency's Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis analyzed the ingredients in a small sample of cartridges from two leading brands of e-cigarettes anre reports: "One sample was found to contain diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in antifreeze. Several other samples were found to contain carcinogens, including nitrosamines.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>For the full report, visit: <a href="http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm173401.htm/">www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm173401.htm/</a>.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>