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E-Cigarettes contain Toxic Chemicals found in Antifreeze

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[Best Syndication News] The FDA is warning consumers that the new e-cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, which is the same ingredient found in antifreeze. The electronic cigarettes are battery powered cartridges that are filled with nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. The electricity turns the chemicals into a vapor and it highly addictive just like traditional cigarettes.

The FDA point out that the e-cigarettes are being marketed to young people both online and at shopping malls. Another concern that they government agency reported is that the e-cigarettes do not contain any health warnings that other nicotine products have. The electronic cigarettes are flavored with candy flavors such as chocolate and mint.

The FDA along with other public health experts are concerned that this is a gateway to get young kids addicted to tobacco products. In addition they are discussing the safety of the electronic cigarette and also how they are being marketed to kids.

These e-cigarettes have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval and they do not have exact nicotine levels or other chemical amounts in different manufacturers brands. In a small sample of two leading brands of electronic cigarettes were analyzed by the FDA's Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis to determine the ingredients. What they found was diethylene glycol which is toxic to humans and is an ingredient found in antifreeze. In addition to this they also found carcinogens, including nitrosamines, which are believed to cause cancer.

In the meantime the FDA has been detaining shipments of e-cigarettes at the border and examining the products. The FDA said that so far the e-cigarettes meet the combination drug-device product under the Federal, Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA is also planning other activities to further address the e-cigarette products.

By: Marlene Donor

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