FDA Finds Toxic Chemicals In Electronic Cigarettes
Alida Antonia Cornelius
The FDA is notifying healthcare professionals, patients, and consumers about their laboratory testing of the ingredients from cartridges from two leading brands of electronic cigarettes sold in the United States.
In one sample, the FDA's analysis has detected diethylene glycol, a toxic chemical used in the manufacture of antifreeze. In other samples, analyses detected carcinogens, including nitrosamines. While nitrosamines are known to be cancer causing, small amounts are also found in party balloons and in condoms. They are commonly found in rubber products, certain cosmetics and also in pesticides.
These "electric" cigarettes turn nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor which is inhaled. There has not been enough testing to know the potential for addiction for this product.
Because these electronic cigarettes have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, there is no way of knowing exactly what dangers these products pose to the public.
The FDA is requesting that health care professionals and consumers report any serious adverse reactions or events via the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program or by phone. The toll free number for the FDA in Silver Spring Maryland is 1-888-463-6332.