Tuesday, October 27, 2009
USA Today ran a front page story on Oct. 26 detailing the growing controversy posed by electronic cigarettes. Proponents claim the cigarette alternative is safe and shouldn’t be regulated. Public health officials want the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with its new authority over tobacco products, to test and regulate e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that turn nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor inhaled by the user. The smokers’ argument is “no smoke, no problem.” Not so easy say others. Potential dangers not known, so we can’t give it a pass.
Diane Canova Managing Senior Fellow
& Senior Program Officer
Partnership for Prevention