Teens, doctors, legislators call for regulation of e-cigarettes

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  • UtahSunLover St George, , UT
    Feb. 10, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    Aaron -- if you can't buy it under age, then by definition, it is controlled. Maybe not as controlled as say, cocaine, but it isn't a free market product. This is because it has known side effects, and there are concerns with those side effects.

    That makes e-cigarette with nicotine "a drug delivery device." And we won't even talk about what else is put in those things.

    And how anyone can say flavors like "Captain Crunch" are not being marketed at teens is either unaware of how marketing is done, or lying to themselves. And ALL the major cigarette manufacturers are now making e-cigs ... do you think this is to "help their current clients to quit" or to establish a viable product to continue to stay in business?

    If these things are really so "harmless" then why the stink? Oh, right -- government conspiracy.

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 1:43 p.m.

    While you may be right about nicotine not being a controlled substance, it is a drug that can have adverse effects on the human body. While a Chinese pharmacist may have created it, I am quite confident that again the vast majority of users do so to get their nicotine fix, not to improve their beathing. And you are right the chemical (propylene glycol) isn't used in window washing fluid, it's used in de-icing of aircraft or as a marine antifreeze. While "generally accepted as safe" by the USDA, I'm not so sure based on the levels of inhaling it.

  • Owl Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 12:57 p.m.

    e sigs were designed as a nicotine delivery device. Inhaled nicotine provides a rush that is much different than ingested or transdermal nicotine. While eliminating carcinogens generated from burning tobacco, nicotine has many adverse metabolic effects that impact the publics' health. A practice that is addicting and is a detriment to your health make e sigs a legitimate target for regulation. Those who vap without nicotine soon grow tired of the pointless exercise.

  • Aaron Frazier West Valley, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 11:59 a.m.

    Mike you need to study up a bit more please. First off, nicotine is not any more a controlled substance than alcohol is, that is to say it is not one. Secondly, e-cigarettes were invented by Hon Lik, a Chineese pharmasist from the medical industry in as an alternative to inhaling smoke after he watched his father suffer through smoking related disease and death. Lastly, by claiming these products are window washing fluid is disgraceful and libelous as they contain identical ingredients (minus the flavoring) as the Nicotrol inhaler (in fact many chemicals LESS than that product).

  • MurrayMike Murray, UT
    Feb. 7, 2014 10:58 a.m.

    While people 'may' vap without nicotine, I hardly think that is the norm. I suspect that 98% or more use vap devices that contain nicotine. These people are using a controlled substance, nicotine. It should be a monitored, treated as a controlled substance, just as it is in cigarettes. Tax it and ensure it doesn't fall into the hands of minors. E-cigarettes were born for smokers who wanted to smoke in bars, in public and in restaurants. This part has failed, most of this places now ban vapor devices. I am glad that they exist due to the fact that vap users will not be subjected to cancer like tobacco users. That being said, ingesting window washing fluid into my lungs may not be as safe as one might think. Personally, I think the jury is still out on that one.

  • Brian Utley Freedom, IN
    Feb. 6, 2014 9:24 p.m.

    I am happily an e-cig vaper. As I read this story, I find nothing but boogeyman references, and deliberately negative spinning, negatively targeting a perfectly reasonable hi-tech product that has mostly positive impact on its users. Where are the success stories in this article? Where is there mention that it is as easy as pie to buy e-cigs with zero nicotine? Where is there mention of those of us who legitimately like to vape, without nicotine, much as many people enjoy other kinds of potentially more harmful forms of entertainment? Vaping is every bit as reasonable as wearing a cessation patch to quit smoking. I vape an e-pipe that is not much different than a personal vaporizer--one such as you might use as a health aid for children that are ill, as a delivery vehicle for camphor and menthol. I find that inhaling the clouds of water vapor help keep my respiration system moist and healthy during the winter, when I heat with wood heat, much like retiring to a steam room or sauna, or employing a humidifier. And vaping generally smells better than a burning candle.