Scare #1A Continued

Senator Lautenberg has the ability to garner from the FDA all data that it has procured in regard to any actual or perceived harm to the public from use of the electronic cigarette due to the FDA ASKING THE PUBLIC FOR SUCH DATA. From the FDA's 7/22/09 press release:

"Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of e-cigarettes to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or phone."

If Senator Lautenberg is truly acting in the publics stated best interests, why after seven months and given Lautenberg's last statement did he not reference that the e-cig should be banned due to stated cases of real Americans harmed? Answer-with now over 800,000 Americans using an e-cig, to our knowledge, there has not been a single case of harm. 

Why is the FDA not releasing the results of its request of how many Americans it has found to be harmed by the electronic cigarette? Answer-with now over 800,000 Americans using an e-cig, to our knowledge, there has not been a single case of harm. 

Why is Lautenberg stating again, that there are "carcinogens and toxins such as antifreeze components" when those statements have been strongly discredited by science and the FDA itself whose own spokeswoman stated on 9/30/09 that the FDA wants to regulate electronic cigarette(s) so it can be sure that the people who use them are getting a reliable dose of nicotine” and "There are no long-term studies on the health effects of just nicotine, minus the tobacco component.” The FDA has had ample time and regulatory providence to go to the public and state that there have been X number of Americans who have been directly harmed by using the e-cig as it did with it's very serious warning about the still on the market Chantix nicotine replacement therapy whose use has led directly to suicides as seen here (Chantix FDA suicide warning video), yet the FDA has produced no ancillary press release or warning from any SPECIFIC or DIRECT harm caused by a single e-cig user. 

Senator Lautenberg again states "There have been no clinical studies to verify the safety of these products or the long-term health effects" 

There HAVE been many tests conducted on the e-cig INCLUDING the FDA's own (click here for studies) and none have ever found ANY carcinogen or toxin at any levels harmful to humans. There are only 13 basic ingredients in an electronic cigarette (shown here) (and all tests here). As ALL ingredients have been in the U.S. food supply for generations AND are generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA, what testing needs to be done? Test Propylene Glycol again? Ok, well take Sudafed (ingredients here) off the market while testing. Test Glycerol again? Ok pull Crest toothpaste off the market. (ingredients here). The question that now remains is not if the e-cig is harmful but why those in authority want 800,000 Americans to return to smoking and forbid other Americans from this logical option to the smoking of tobacco all agree kills over 400,00 Americans annually. 

The Truth site solely relies on science and in-market experiences to present logical conclusions. Logic vastly dictates that the e-cig is over 1,400 times safer than a traditional tobacco cigarette but the FDA and Lautenberg want to ban this better option and sadly are activists for it's removal. Both Lautenberg and the FDA are acting inverse to their stated goals as the e-cig has been tested and contain no toxins or carcinogens at any levels harmful to human. Is Senator Lautenberg even aware of the testing that has been done on e-cigs? Is Senator Lautenberg also aware that "antifreeze components" are allowed in the U.S. food supply as seen below:


In addressing the FDAs sensationalistic line: “chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze (were found)” trace levels of diethylene glycol (DEG) is a natural by-product of propylene and polyethylene glycol (used to make the e-cig vapor) and independent studies find its levels in e-cigs to be well below the allowable levels set forth by the FDA as per below. It is important to note that in subsequent independent lab testing NO DEGs were found in inLife and nJoys products. Propylene and polyethylene glycols (which are used in e-cigs to create the vapor) are the same chemicals and approved by the FDA for use in foodstuff as seen below:

FDA Approved consumer products containing “antifreeze” or DEGs

  • As a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable and topical formulations. Notably, diazepam, which is insoluble in water, uses propylene glycol as its solvent in its clinical, injectable form.[5]

  • As a moisturizer in medicines, cosmetics, food, toothpaste, mouth wash, and tobacco products

  • As a solvent for food colors and flavorings

  • As a humectant food additive, labeled as E number E1520

  • As a cooling agent for beer and wine glycol jacketed fermentation tanks

  • As a carrier in fragrance oils

  • As an ingredient in massage oils

  • In smoke machines to make artificial smoke for use in firefighters' training and theatrical productions

  • In hand sanitizers, antibacterial lotions, and saline solutions

Propylene glycol is also found as an active ingredient in FDA approved inhaler drugs such as Sudafed (tm). In its press release of its May 4, 2009 test it did of two e-cig brands the FDA curiously did not report the actual levels it found, but did go on to state that “diethylene glycol showed up in just one out of 18 cartridges and that five cartridges contained tobacco-specific nitrosamines at very low levels." The report does not say exactly how low, and it provides no evidence that these trace amounts pose any measurable health risk for the agency to make a claim that the electronic cigarette is indeed dangerous.

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