Democrats Urge Stronger E-Cigarette Warnings

Democrats Urge Stronger E-Cigarette Warnings

A group of US democratic senators has accused big tobacco companies of manufacturing their own e-cigarette warnings and hiding the truth about the long term health effects of vaping. The senators assert that the FDA’s warning label that states, ‘Warning: Product contains nicotine derived from tobacco. Nicotine is an addictive chemical,’ is not enough. The group attests the label needs further warnings that address health consequences that e-cigarettes potentially have.

The conundrum lies between the senators’ claim and the fact that the e-cigarette industry is still in its infancy. Since entering the mainstream over the last seven years, the extensive, long term health risks of e-cigarettes simply have yet to be determined.

Who is Behind E-Cigarette Warnings?

The group of US senators includes Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.). The group implored the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to quickly establish a proposal of regulations and issue extensive e-cigarette warnings, detailing possible risks e-cigarettes pose. The FDA will undoubtedly conduct their research and issue results and recommendations in due course. It is not a process that can be rushed.

Are There Benefits to E-Cigarettes?

No doubt there are, and using e-cigarettes to quick smoking traditional cigarettes is No. 1. Recently, a study at the University College London revealed e-cigarettes are a successful option for traditional smokers trying to quit.

Call For E-Cigarette Warnings Draws Reaction

A news article ran in the Oct. 9 online edition of Consumer Affairs regarding the US senators urging. The comments beneath the story illustrated why the senators demands are premature: They are asking for something the FDA cannot yet deliver with clarity.

Regarding the statement, “but we ask the FDA pursue requirements for more extensive warnings that address health risks that e-cigarettes pose,” one commenter replied, “That’s going to be a very small label.”

One reader took it a step further, adding, “Even REAL combustible cigarettes don’t list all of the potential health hazards on the label, so why the tougher standard for vapor products?”

The comments beg the question: Is the senators’ request premature? Too aggressive? Perhaps both?

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