FDA action on e-cigarettes could help curb problems in Utah

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  • Aaron Frazier West Valley, UT
    April 25, 2014 5:54 p.m.

    According to Dr. Paul Newhouse, director of Vanderbilt University's Center for Cognitive Medicine: "Nicotine by itself isn't very addictive at all, Nicotine seems to require assistance from other substances found in tobacco to get people hooked. It seems very safe even in nonsmokers. In our studies we find it actually reduces blood pressure chronically. And there were no addiction or withdrawal problems, and nobody started smoking cigarettes. The risk of addiction to nicotine alone is virtually nil."

    Even the FDA has determined that there are no significant safety concerns with respect to long-term/recreational nicotine use. More specifically, the agency recently published a Notice of Findings in the Federal Register indicating that the long-term use of the nicotine-containing NRT products was safe and does not appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence.

  • arand Huntsville, u
    April 25, 2014 10:05 a.m.

    Really, when it all comes down to dust, it is just another tax and job killer and all it will do is drive legal businesses underground and give another lucrative enterprise for the gangs to control. When will we ever understand that the governments will never be able to control the will of the people. If someone wants to be self destructive,no law or government will ever stop them. Our liberties are "unalienable" because they come from God, not our government and He will be the final judge.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    April 25, 2014 9:44 a.m.

    Stopping nicotine addiction is about as hard as stopping heroin. Yet my two brother in laws who died of tobacco cigarette cancers might well have switched to E cigarettes if they had them and would be alive today a decade or too later. I will give one thumb up for Ecigarettes though I agree it is not easy to stop them or cigarettes. But they are many times safer.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 25, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    I like how the FDA wants an ingredients label, but cigarettes are exempt from those regulations.

    Yes, Nicotine is addicting, along with many other drugs.
    But this is so much better than the smell of cigarettes.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    April 25, 2014 8:35 a.m.

    "If the rule passes, the regulations will go into effect in two years."

    OOOooooh, that'll show 'em.

    The landscape for eCigs is changing so fast, they need regulatory power NOW, and it needs to be as pervasive as that for tobacco cigarettes.

    Big tobacco is about to get into the game, and is ready for FDA regulation. They don't mind, as they are looking for profit margin, and the profit margin for a 1-pack equivalent eCig package is considerably more than that of a pack of cigs.

    Now yes, I know that eCigs do not carry tar or other tobacco related carcinogens, so the risk of cancer is nearly nil. But you don't hear about tobacco smokers suffering from nicotine poisoning either.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    April 25, 2014 1:52 a.m.

    Most of the public does not understand that e-cigarettes are just as addictive as regular cigarettes. It is important to get the word out, especially to families with teenagers.