The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers about potential health risks associated with electronic cigarettes.
Also known as “e-cigarettes,” electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices designed to look like and be used in the same manner as conventional cigarettes.
Sold online and in many shopping malls, the devices generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. They turn nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
The FDA said it is concerned that e-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products, including conventional cigarettes. In addition, the products may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans because clinical studies about the safety of these products for their intended use have not been submitted to the FDA.
Of particular concern, the FDA said, is that e-cigarettes are sold without any legal age restrictions and are available in different flavors such as chocolate, strawberry and mint, which may appeal to young people.
In addition, the devices do not contain any health warnings comparable to FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or conventional cigarettes.
Consumers may report serious problems with e-cigarettes to the FDA through the MedWatch program, online or at 800-FDA-1088.
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