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E-Cigarettes

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The emergence of electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes, vapors, vaporizers, or nicotine vaporizers) has inspired considerable debate and discussion regarding their safety,ability to help smokers quit, and the risks they pose to children and teens. While the makers of e-cigarettes claim they are a safe alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, there is uncertainty as to whether e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking and Floridians should be very cautious. The Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida advises consumers to wait for reliable scientific evidence on their safety and effectiveness to become available before using e-cigarettes.

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What are e-Cigarettes?

  • E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that heat a liquid vapor allowing users to inhale nicotine from a non-combustible product.
  • On April 25, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products and not as a drug or device, a decision that reflects our current understanding of e-cigarettes intended use.1 To date, the FDA has not asserted its authority over e-cigarettes and they remain unregulated.

What are the concerns regarding e-cigarette use among youth?

  • Tobacco Free Florida is concerned about the rapid increase in e-cigarette use among teens, as well as the possibility that e-cigarettes may be a gateway to nicotine addiction and the use of other tobacco products.
  • The alarming increase in e-cigarette use and in their availability has the potential to normalize smoking again.

Are e-cigarettes a safe alternative to smoking?

  • There is currently no peer-reviewed independent research in any credible medical or scientific journal to support industry claims about the safety of e-cigarettes, or the  potential of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit.
  • Preliminary research from the FDA has revealed that some e-cigarettes do contain toxic substances and carcinogens, which are known to cause cancer. 2

What safe alternatives exist for smokers who want to quit?

  • For smokers looking for effective techniques to quit smoking, the best plan is to talk to your health care provider or seek help from Tobacco Free Florida’s 3 Ways to Quit.
  • Tobacco Free Florida’s quit services can provide you with FREE FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), like the patch and nicotine gum, when medically appropriate. FDA-approved means that these quit aids have gone through clinical trials to prove they are safe and effective.
References

1http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm252360.htm

2http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm173146.htm

3http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/cessation/quitting/index.htm