How the FDA misled the Public
The media, it seems, have been completely taken in by the FDA report, with headlines such as “Electronic Cigarettes Unsafe: Linked to Cancer” as pointed out by e-cig.org in another great post exposing how the FDA mislead the public and unanswered questions about the report (e.g. Why was no American e-liquid tested? Why was the press released delayed?) You can read the full post here: How and Why the FDA Misled the Public?
The FDA Crusade Against E-Cigarettes
Proffessor Brad Radu is also covering the subject in his post The FDA Crusade Against the Electronic Cigarette. His analysis of the studies found that the: “the FDA tested e-cigarette samples using a method that detects TSNAs [tobacco specific nitrosamines] at about 1 million times lower concentrations than are even possibly related to human health.”
- The FDA failed to report the levels of these TSNA’s, meaning their report has no meaning (the lowes possible amount is 40 parts per trillion)
- The FDA used a nicotine inhaler as a control product, but didn’t test it for TSNA’s, although it has been known for 20 years that nrt products contain TSNA’s
- The FDA has never conducted these tests on any nicotine replacement products sold in the US for over 20 years
The blog post concludes:
These are not the actions of an agency that is science-based and consumer-focused. These pseudo-scientific actions are clearly intended to form the justification for banning a category of products that are probably 99.9% safer than cigarettes
Time Running Out
Obviously, there are serious interests aligned against the electronic cigarettes if the FDA can be persuaded to abandon its professional duty. Let’s look at who is affected:
- the pharmaceutical industry, who sell nicotine replacement aids
- public health groups, who receive funds from the pharmaceutical industry and promote ineffective smoking cessation aids
- the tobacco companies, who could see their lethal products taking a hit if electronic cigarettes ever become really popular
- the American government, whose health plans rely on revenue from tobacco companies
Against this you have a handful of professors and researchers who are better at serious analysis than sound bites that influence the press, and suppliers and users who have little weight in a system where money and influence count above the truth.
A few blog posts aren’t going to make a difference. Time is running out for the electronic cigarette. And a death penalty is looming for 40 percent of e-cigarette smokers who will return to regular cigarettes.
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