The FDA wants to ban electronic cigarettes, claiming that they have not been adequately tested and therefore pose a threat to the American public. Supporters of the electronic cigarette say the FDA is being brash and using the media to feed incomplete, big corporation biased information to the American public. Will debate create a black market for electronic cigarettes?
A war is being waged between the FDA and electronic cigarette supporters.
The FDA wants to ban electronic cigarettes, claiming that they have not been adequately tested and therefore pose a threat to the American public. Supporters of the electronic cigarette say the FDA is being brash and using the media to feed incomplete, big corporation biased information to the American public.
Millions of smokers use the electronic cigarette, claiming that they have not had the urge to go back tocigarettes online buy. The electronic cigarette looks and feels like a tobacco cigarette, but that is where the similarities end. Tobacco cigarettes contain over 4,000 ingredients, many known carcinogens, while an e-cigarette contains only 20, none of which are carcinogenic. The FDA recent test results of electronic cigarettes found 1 out of 18 cartridges contained Diethylene glycol (DEG). However the FDA failed to mention that DEG is also used as a humectant in tobacco products such as cigarettes. By not providing all of the details, the FDA appears as if they intend on utilizing public perception to affect policy.
The FDA has not banned the products yet, but they are considering it. With millions of passionate users of electronic cigarettes, it is foreseeable that an underground black market will appear if the FDA bans e-cigarettes, much the way it banned alcohol during Prohibition.
Prohibition did little to reduce the demand for alcohol. Most experts and sociologists agree, prohibition was a complete failure and contributed greatly to the rise of organized crime. The alcohol industry became the province of gangsters operating a black market.
This is not what the electronic cigarette industry wants. They are willing to work with the FDA to approve these devices that have the potential to save lives. Matt Salmon, president of the Electronic Cigarette Association encourages the “FDA to take a more scientific approach and to work with members of the ECA before making any rash decisions to ban e-cigarettes altogether. Such a ban would leave smokers without an alternative to combustible cigarettes, which are clearly documented and known for their unhealthy and life-threatening results and which the FDA has no intention of banning. The enormous response our members have received from the more than 1 million Americans undoubtedly demonstrates that smokers unable to quit desperately are looking for an alternative to cigarettes.”
Smokers desperate search for an alternative to traditional Parliament cigarettes will infallibly create a black market if the FDA bans electronic cigarettes.
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