Are E-Cigarettes Dangerous or a Better Alternative to Tobacco?
Some people see them as a safer alternative to smoking.
Some people use them as an aid to quitting.
But the jury is still out on e-cigarettes, as far as the Food and Drug Administration is concerned.
“Consumers of e-cigarette products currently have no way of knowing whether e-cigarettes are safe … how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or if there are any benefits associated with using these products,” according to the FDA’s website.
E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that work by heating a liquid that contains nicotine. The nicotine is then inhaled in the form of a vapor. So, rather than “smokers,” users of e-cigarettes often call themselves “vapers.”
The FDA currently doesn’t regulate e-cigarettes, but the agency is working to change that by creating rules that would classify the devices as a tobacco product. While e-cigarettes don’t contain tobacco, their key ingredient is nicotine, found in the tobacco plant.
Janelle Marousek, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator for Desert Valley Senior Wellness Center in Apple Valley, is dubious about e-cigarettes.
“Cigarettes, of course, are bad for you and have a ton of harmful chemicals in them, but e-cigarettes are scary,” Marousek said. “There may be some rules with the FDA, but these companies are not necessarily following them.”
Original article posted: Friday July 05, 2013 | By Holly La Pat | Daily Press