Nicotine, The FDA and the Electronic Cigarette

ECig org has a great post on the legality of the Electronic Cigarette.
The writer has gone to the effort of contacting the officials involved and reported that all were suprised to hear that the electronic cigarette itself does not contain nicotine (as opposed to the cigarettes/e juice that fill it). 
He also points out that the FDA, which argues that it has jurisduiction over the e-cigarette as it is a form of drug, has also been denied that authority in the past. 
In 1994 it decided that the nicotine contained in cigarettes made them a pharmecutical, meaning they had jurisdiction over cigarettes. However, this was overturned by the supreme court, which stated that the FDA did not have the authority to govern tobacco products. 
Of course, the electronic cigarette is not a tobacco product – instead, as with nicotine inhalers, it gives a measured dose of nicotine to the user.
 Furthermore, the game plan is about to be changed, with the FDA about to be given jurisdiction over tobacco, with the same legislation putting obstacles in the way of the alternatives that can safe lives (smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes).
Probably the only gainers from the legislation will be the big pharm profiting from the sale of nicotine cessation profit with their 5% success rate (measured over 12 months) and big tobacco – now wonder Philip Morris are supporting the bill!

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2 thoughts on “Nicotine, The FDA and the Electronic Cigarette

  1. Electronic Cigarettes Online – is a very detailed website showing the latest news, articles and information on e-cigarettes. The site also aims to find the best prices for electronic cigarettes across the internet.

    This website is a great place to answer any questions you may have on electronic cigarettes.

  2. I completely agree with the though that it is Big Pharm. that is going to benefit most if the FDA goes after the electronic cigarettes.

    Big Pharm. has lots of lobbyists in Washington, bending the ear of many politicians. You can only hope that the politicians think help that these e-cigs do, and not how much money the Big Pharm. is putting into their campaign funds.

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