Technology.am (Sept 23, 2009) — E-cigarettes contain cartridges of nicotine that release an inhalable vapor. There’s no odor or smoke. They’re marketed as a safe alternative to tobacco’s lung-choking tar and cancer-causing carcinogens.
Electronic cigarettes were developed in China in 2004, and consist of a “refillable cigarette” with a battery and an electronic chip. The cigarettes are sold with nicotine and flavourings.
E-cigarettes are not harmful to those around you. It produced vapour that was created from liquid containing nicotine within the electronic cigarette. Both odourless and colourless, the vapour is neither toxic nor harmful as a secondary smoke. But e-cigarette still contained nicotine, which was addictive.
Brad Rodu, a tobacco researcher at the University of Kentucky in Louisville, considers e-cigarettes a better alternative for smokers who absolutely can’t break their addiction.
Peter French, 52, said he tried quitting smoking with the patch, gum and medication designed to reduce cravings. But he missed the oral satisfaction of a cigarette, which he said e-cigarettes replicate.
E-cigarettes cost about $100, plus the cost of nicotine cartridges in various strengths. The devices carry a warning label saying they have not been approved by the FDA for smoking cessation and should be kept out of reach of children.
But all claims are disputed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In July, the FDA warned that the smokeless cigarettes are harmful. A government analysis of the made-in-China product found carcinogens and toxic chemicals. In a pending case, the FDA has been sued over its jurisdiction to regulate the e-cigarettes.
“Because these products have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, at this time the agency has no way of knowing, except for the limited testing it has performed, the levels of nicotine or the amounts or kinds of other chemicals that the various brands of these products deliver to the user,” the FDA said.