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Senator Schumer decries e-cigarettes, suggests a recall

Published On: 12-21-2016 in Category: Addiction, E-cigarette, smoking, substance abuse, vaping


Many people consider electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes (e-cig), as smoking cessation aids, but, if recent reports are to be believed, e-cigarettes still contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals which can cause severe health problems. And now, there have been rising cases of malfunctions in the e-cig devices, leading to explosions, which can lead to burns on the hands and face, fractured bones and loss of eyesight.

Recently, New York Senator Chuck Schumer declared war on the use of e-cigarettes calling them as “ticking time bombs.” Expressing concern over the rising cases of exploding e-cig devices, Schumer requested the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to jointly investigate the cause of the exploding Chinese devices. As per the FDA, “92 recorded explosions from 2009 to September 2015 followed by another 66 till early 2016.”

However, due to no recalls being issued so far, Schumer ordered a strict action against the use of such devices that have caused injury to a vast number of people across the nation.

Wide-ranging reasons are being cited for these explosions, from design issues with the e-cig and vaping devices to a battery problem to something being wrong in the way it is being used. However, “80 percent of e-cigarette explosions happen during charging,” said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, regardless of the reasons, researchers believe that e-cigarettes contain the most addictive form of nicotine and many bottles of the liquid display misinformation about the level of the drug contained.

Are e-cigarettes less harmful than conventional cigarettes?

Studies have shown that cigarette smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of sickness and mortality, claiming over 400,000 deaths in the U.S. on a yearly basis.

E-cigarettes are designed to give the smoker a feel of smoking tobacco by producing an aerosol that is identical to tobacco in all aspects, and yet delivers nicotine in lesser proportions which are comparatively less toxic. However, despite the absence of tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes still contain nicotine and other potentially harmful chemicals.

As per a 2015 study published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, “free-base” nicotine, which is the strongest form of the drug that is readily absorbed by the body, was found in all the brands of the e-liquid. Additionally, the levels of nicotine present in e-liquids often do not match the label, said the study.

Further, tests conducted on some e-cigarette brands have shown that the vapor contains carcinogens and poisonous chemicals, such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde, in addition to potentially toxic metal nanoparticles from the vaporizing mechanism. However, the impact of prolonged exposure to these harmful substances is still unclear, due to insufficient scientific evidence.

Seeking help to break free from addiction

Smoking cessation interventions can play an important role in helping a person quit smoking. However, an increase in the use of vaping products, like e-cigarettes, pose a major public health concern for the youth. Experts hope that the regulations undertaken by the government will play an important role in reducing e-cigarette use.

If you or your loved one is battling an addiction to any substance or intoxicant, seek treatment immediately. The New York Drug Treatment Rehab Center can help you find the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 646-666-7461 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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