FDA expected to rule soon on e-cigarettes

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON

KING5.com

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 5:21 AM

A 2013 CDC report found that one in 10 high school students now reports having used an e-cigarette but data is out on their safety.

One thing is clear: nicotine is addictive. E-cigarettes are not FDA approved and are not regulated. But that may be about to change. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to issue its first rules on e-cigarettes by the end of the month. 

What are E-Cigarettes?

  • Battery powered heater with flavored liquid nicotine
  • Data to support use for teens is absent
  • Currently unregulated, children of any age can buy

CDC Report on E-Cigarettes 

  • Use of E-cigarettes doubled; 1 in 10 HS students have used e-cigarette
  • 2013 saw $2 Billion in e-cigarette sales
  • 80% of HS students who use also smoke cigarettes

What Parents Need To Know

  • E-cigarette safety is untested, nicotine is highly addictive
  • FDA regulation likely coming but ongoing marketing to kids
  • E-cigarette use may lead to nicotine addiction

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