Published on May 7, 2014
Electronic cigarettes may produce unsafe carcinogens, according to a study from the Nicotine and Tobacco Research journal. The study showed that the risk was mainly true for certain e-cigarettes, which burn at such high temperatures that they produce formaldehyde through vaporization. However, while not entirely safe, the e-cigarette is still significantly safer than regular cigarettes. We look at the controversy surrounding this study along with potential ways to regulate electronic cigarettes, in this clip from the Lip News.
Two initial studies have found formaldehyde, benzene and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (a carcinogen) coming from those secondhand emissions.
As Louisiana lawmakers were approving a state ban on sales to minors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced proposed rules that would ban sales to minors and require manufactures to disclose their ingredients. In April 2011, the agency said it would regulate them as tobacco products, because the nicotine is derived from tobacco leaves.
Gallot said in researching his bill, he found that nicotine also can come from other sources, like sweet potatoes.
“I guess that’s why some people get hooked on them,” he said with a laugh.