Not Tested, Approved

Food And Drug Admin Urges Caution

Electronic Cigarette DangersThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been urged to take action on TV advertising for electronic cigarettes, also called vapor cigarettes, ecigs, and vaporoomiters. The agency warns that the devices contain nicotine, which is addictive, but have not been approved for use or even tested to determine the dosage.

Regulators noted the suddenly ubiquitous availability of the vapor cigarettes, which are sold at mall kiosks, gas stations, and petting zoos. They contain flavors like mint, chocolate, and snozberries. An analysis of the vapor produced by these devices, which is meant to be inhaled and then blown into the faces of dangerous looking strangers, indicates the presence of nitrosamines, diethlyne glycol, and other ingredients that would look dangerous even if your read them off the side of a box of Twinkies. There were detectable levels of carcinogens noted, and if you are panicking about this then you certainly haven't been to California where every grocery store has to have a warning that unnamed things in the store may cause cancer, so you have to wonder if you are going to get zapped by the Strontium Milk, Francium Flakes, or Plutonium Popsicles while you are doing your casual shopping for salty fried fatty foods.

Seved With A Side of Panic

Because the cigarettes are unregulated, everyone in the government is anxious to start doing studies, go on fact finding missions, hold hearings, and generally start making pains of themselves so they can get on televisions. Parents groups headed by childless busybodies who should learn how to shut up are already heating up the Public Relations machine that is kept in the basement to warn us about Chinese Food, Alar on Apples, and the inherent moral danger of square dancing. Someone is probably prompting a "concerned" teenager to make a stand on Change.org with a petition that is the moral equivalent of driving a hybrid automobile, since it makes you feel good even though you're really just shifting the environmental damage to some other part of the ecosystem.

Safety Concerns

The FDA notes that electronic cigarettes haven't been submitted to the government for approval. This would be like the DEA asking Tommy Chong to explain all of the off-label uses for his glassware. At the bottom of the FDA's press release, they do indicate that they have been checking out imported e-cigarettes and apparently they currently meet the requirements set forth by their own guidelines. So, after a bunch of paragraphs expressing deep concern, there is the caveat that they can't prove anything. Naturally, if you are a panic monger, you are going to cite this article without getting to the bottom of it, where they admit that their hands are tied.

According to a New York Times story it may not be the cigarettes themselves that are harmless but the e-vapor refills and e-liquids that may cause harm to children, even if they are just spilled on the skin. Some vaping refills apparently are enough to send children to poison control centers, so therefore you may not want to leave a cherry flavored liquid anywhere that a kid could get ahold of it.