Are electronic cigarettes safe to use?
Electronic cigarettes are not regulated, although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering regulations now. Without any type of regulation, it is hard to know exactly what is in the e-liquids used in these products. Manufacture of e-liquids can be done without providing consumers information about what is actually in the liquid. E-cigs are a relatively new product, so there are not many studies that provide information on the effects of vapor on health. E-cigs still contain the addictive component of nicotine which, has its own set of ill health effects, including heart disease and hampered brain development in children and adolescents.

“ENDS” (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System), is a name that refers to all electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and any other device that may be considered a “vapor product.”

“Since ENDS are not yet regulated as tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act, we have very little information about the ingredients of liquids (purity, impurities or stability), or the approximate exposure to harmful and potentially harmful constituents when using electronic cigarettes over the short-term or long-term. To date, manufacturers are not required to publish what chemicals are in the ENDS solution, or to perform or reveal results from systematic testing. Studies have demonstrated wide variability in design, operation, and contents and emissions of carcinogens, other toxicants, and nicotine from ENDS. Depending on the brand, ENDS cartridges typically contain nicotine, a component to produce the aerosol (e.g., propylene glycol or glycerol), and flavorings (e.g., fruit, mint, or chocolate). Potentially harmful constituents also have been documented in some ENDS, including: irritants, toxins that can change genes, and other ingredients that have been shown to cause cancer in animals.”

“Because of the risks associated with nicotine, the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report concluded that ‘the evidence is sufficient to provide cautionary messages to pregnant women and women of reproductive age as well as adolescents about the use of nicotine-containing products such as […] electronic cigarettes, and newer forms of nicotine-containing tobacco products, as alternatives to smoking.”

- Letter of Evidence, Tim McAfee MD, MPH Director on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, May 13, 2014

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