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Why are e-cigs bad when all the separate ingredients are FDA approved?

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by , 08-06-2014 at 05:11 PM (447 Views)
I don't understand why you want to regulate e-cigarettes and e-liquid as if it posed the same risk as traditional, combustible tobacco products when every ingredient in e-liquid when purchased separately is FDA approved already.

E-liquid contains propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings, all of which are already approved--when purchased separately. But when we put them together and vape these ingredients, why does it suddenly pose a problem and has to be regulated as a tobacco product, ostensibly to protect children, replete with exorbitant taxation on a product that promises to save lives instead of killing us?

My opinion is that it isn't public health that's being protected, but rather, a moral crusade against nicotine in all its forms masquerading as a public health campaign. Morality has no place in determing public health policy, especially when it contradicts scientific evidence that e-cigarettes pose no more than 2% of the harm of conventional cigarettes. Please keep this in mind.
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  1. csardaz's Avatar
    FDA regulates those chemicals as food additives. You might swallow a bit, even sniff some, inhale a bit but not intentionally inhale them all day long. Looks like the safety of most of them was determined 20+ years ago and they don't actually test/study them unless theres a problem. The butter-flavor diacetyl mess was over 10 years ago and FDA didn't even get involved. It's been banned essentially by insurance companies and theres 100 million dollars in lawsuit awards from that - but FDA still lists it as 'generally regarded as safe' status and fairly recently reviewed the evidence and decided there was insufficient evidence to recall that " GRAS" status.

    So, basically don't take any comfort that FDA certifies anything.

    Their regulation for food additives/flavors is basically keep records of where you got it and what you put into and keep the records for 3 years. They inspect a representative sampling of businesses and check that their recordkeeping is up to snuff. They seem more interested in your label yet the flavors just show up as 'natural and artificial flavors' on the label.

    It looks like for tobacco products its similar but you put it into a website - usp PG 40%, usp VG 40%, TFA banana 7%, capella chocolate dark 6%, TFA coconut extra 4%, distilled water 3%. Seems like no big deal but for the HPHS it sounds like a whole battery of lab tests - how much of each of about 60 tobacco toxins and carxinogens - ejuice should have some different list and really if they have records internally of what chemcals are in each of those flavors then they should be able to calculate the HPHS instead of requiring tests -not that i expect they'll actually do anything useful with the data.

    Custom natural flavors could be sticky as the precise makeup is unknown, and tobacco extracts ought to be especially as they have those tobacco chems to some degree and that degree can vary a lot depending on how they're extracted.
  2. Keith Jackson's Avatar
    Yeah what he said.