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Smokeless "E-Cigarettes" Raise New Health Concerns in Ohio

August 18, 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio - E-cigarettes, a new smokeless counterpart to the real thing, haven't been on the market in Ohio for long, but already there are calls to ban them, as has been done in Oregon. The e-cigarette is inventive, for sure. The battery-powered tube looks like a real paper-and-tobacco cigarette, and contains nicotine and flavors that can be inhaled without producing smoke. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to regulate them as drug devices.

Some makers of e-cigarettes call them a safer alternative to smoking. For Dana Kaye with the American Lung Association, that doesn't fly.

"My fear is just the opposite with these. If people are using them, thinking they're not going to get addicted, we're going have a new culture of folks hooked nicotine, that weren't previously."

Kaye says electronic cigarettes don't make nicotine any less addictive, and that the FDA has found other chemicals in them, including diethylene glycol, a common ingredient in antifreeze.

"I think we see it in some other products, makeup and lotions and that kind of stuff. There's a safe limit of that particular chemical, but not necessarily as an inhaled substance."

Kaye says most of the electronic cigarettes come from China and their health effects have not been thoroughly tested. Two distributors of the products are challenging the FDA in federal court for confiscating shipments of e-cigarettes.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - OH