Should Restrictions be Placed on Electronic Cigarettes?
By Ecigarettereviewed Posted August 31, 2012
In some states in the U.S. there are not any restrictions concerning age restrictions or limitations regarding electronic cigarettes. The FDA is not too keen on these products and is currently seeking restrictions (we wrote a letter to the FDA recently, asking them to regulate e-cigs lightly). There are not any restrictions regarding what kind of ingredients can be used in an electronic cigarette. Some feel that not having these restrictions and limitations on the products could lead to serious problems later on down the road.
Regulations should be placed on these products to ensure the safety of the public. A certain level of quality should be met as well as a certain standard for the industry. Since smokeless cigarettes are an emerging platform it is understandable that rules and regulations have not yet been put into play, but that does not mean that they are not needed.
Electronic cigarettes do not always contain the amount of nicotine that they claim to either. Sometimes the amount is not as much as labeled or the amount is much more than what is labeled on the e-cigarette cartridges. This can lead to rare, but serious nicotine overdoses. Manufacturers who do not produce products to meet the highest standards of quality are at a higher risk of letting potentially dangerous electronic cigarettes slip through into the hands of the public.
A lot of users end up consuming more nicotine with electronic cigarettes than traditional tobacco, but there are far less harmful chemicals and toxins in electronic cigarettes. Since electronic cigarettes have only recently become popular the side effects from long term use have yet to be studied.