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Study Reveals A Need To Evaluate And Regulate “Electronic Cigarettes”

Posted Feb 11 2010 4:34pm

Electronic cigarettes should be evaluatedregulatedlabeled and packaged in a manner consistent with cartridge content and product effect – even if that effect is a total failure to deliver nicotine as demonstrated in a study supported by the National Cancer Institute and led by a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher.

The research was published in the Online First issue of the journal Tobacco Control. The article will appear in the February print issue of the journal.

Electronic cigarettes consist of a batteryheater and cartridge containing a solution of nicotinepropylene glycol and other chemicals and have been marketed to deliver nicotine without tobacco toxicants. Despite no published data concerning safety or efficacythese products are sold in shopping malls and online. Further“electronic cigarettes” currently are unregulated in the U.S.unlike other products intended to deliver nicotine to smokers such as lozengesgum and patches.

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