Chicago, July 24: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday disapproved the use of e-cigarettes again after finding cancer causing ingredients in the smokeless devices.
Electronic cigarette or E-cigarette is a none-igniting substitute of the cigarette in the form of a rod which is slightly longer than a normal cigarette.
E-cigarettes are health-hazardous
The FDA has warned people Wednesday not to use e-cigarettes because these devices are hazardous to health despite manufacturers' claims that the products are safer than traditional cigarettes.
Health officials in the nation have said that the testing of two leading e-cigarette brands has shown that they contain cancer causing chemicals and other toxins, including a major compound used in antifreeze.
The health agency warned that e-cigarettes, which are touted by the manufactures as a healthier alternative to smoking because they don't contain cancer-causing ingredients, are unsafe and could even encourage smoking.
In a news conference Wednesday, FDA's principal deputy commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said, “Public health experts, including the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society, have expressed concerns about the safety of these products and the risk that electronic cigarettes may increase nicotine addiction among young people and ultimately lead kids to try conventional cigarettes."
Testing identifies cancer causing chemicals in e-cigarettes
The U.S. health watchdog has tested two brands of electronic cigarettes marketed by American companies: NJOY, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Florida-based Smoking Everywhere. The agency analyzed the ingredients in a small sample of cartridges from the two aforementioned products, according to Benjamin Westenberger, deputy director of the pharmaceutical analysis division at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, part of the FDA.
In one sample, analysts detected diethylene glycol, a key ingredient in antifreeze, while carcinogens, including nitrosamines, were found in several other samples, Westenberger noted.
"All of these results indicate an overall lack of quality control," he said. "These results indicate that these e-cigarettes could have safety and quality concerns."
"The products we reviewed so far we found to be illegal," attorney Michael Levy, director of the FDA's office of compliance in the division of drug evaluation and research, said adding that the FDA has not banned those products because "There is pending litigation on the issue of FDA's jurisdiction over e-cigarettes."
Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, are battery operated devices that contain cartridges filled with liquid nicotine in various concentrations. The devices resemble real cigarette but does not create smoke, instead produce vapors acting like smoke. Users inhale this fine mist of nicotine into their lungs when they puff on it.
The mouthpiece of this device contains a replaceable cartridge filled with liquid. The main substances contained in the liquid are nicotine and propylene glycol.
Powered by a rechargeable battery, the e-cigarette is a completely non-flammable product, leading to smoking bans evasion in public places. e-cigarette can be used where the old fashion cigarette cannot. Moreover, they are not subject to the same taxation, thus are much more affordable than the normal cigarette.
FDA has previously attempted to ban U.S. imports of electronic cigarettes, but has been challenged by manufacturers. The products are made primarily in China but are sold in several other countries, including Brazil, Canada, Finland, Israel, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey and Britain, and have grown in popularity despite a lack of regulatory approval.
"The device turns nicotine, which is highly addictive, into a vapor that is inhaled," according to the FDA.
The news has been updated after review of certain misleading facts and information contained in the original news.