Article claims 50 complaints were submitted to FDA about e-cigs in past year, but said the complaints were obtained "according to data obtained through a public records request".
Reports of e-cigarette injury jump amid rising popularity, U.S. data show | Reuters
The complaints from the public filed with the FDA cited trouble breathing, headache, cough, dizziness, sore throat, nose bleeds, chest pain or other cardiovascular problems, and allergic reactions such as itchiness and swelling of the lips.
One person told the FDA that while eating dinner at a restaurant a customer at the next table was smoking an e-cigarette.
"The vapor cloud was big enough to come over my table and the e-cig smoker was 'huffing' it voraciously," the person, whose name was redacted, wrote. "I got dizzy, my eyes began to water and I ended up taking my food to go because of the intense heartbeat I began to develop."
Others complained of over-heating devices.
"The electric cigarette gets hot when you use it and alters the taste buds," wrote one consumer. "I just recently realized what was turning my taste buds black."
It is not possible to draw general conclusions from individual case reports, but there is a growing recognition that the inconsistent quality of the devices, aside from any risk inherent in the inhalation of nicotine vapor, poses potential safety risks.
While several of the cited complaints appear serious, it appears that most (and perhaps the vast majority) of the 50 complaints were relatively minor events, and I suspect that many complaints about e-cigs were submitted by ANTZ (or were prompted by fearmongering claims by ANTZ).
Regardless, 50 complaints about several hundred million e-cig products sold in the past year is a very good safety record.
And unlike any other product (that I'm aware of) the FDA established an e-cig complaint report site back in 2009, and has been urging healthcare workers to file complaints anytime they suspect that an e-cig may have been associated with an adverse event.
But of course, Logic's Miguel Martin used the opportunity to once again endorse FDA e-cig regulations, and to blame the complaints on other e-cig companies and their products.
Miguel Martin, president of Logic Technology, one of the biggest U.S. e-cigarette makers along with Lorillard Inc and privately held NJOY, said the spike in adverse event reports reinforces the importance of regulation, especially in areas governing manufacturing practices and labeling, where standards can vary dramatically.
"Clearly, because of the business opportunities, you have companies in an unregulated environment that are importing without checks and balances," he said, adding that while Logic pays attention to quality control, "some other companies just are not having the same diligence or focus."