This week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that laboratory tests on electronic cigarettes found they contain carcinogens and other toxic chemicals dangerous to humans.
Known as “e-cigarettes,” the devices are battery-operated and contain cartridges filled with nicotine and other chemicals, spiced with flavors such as chocolate or bubble gum (because nothing says Marlboro better than a bubble gum flavored cigarette).
Up until now, manufacturers maintained that e-cigarettes were a ”healthy way” to smoke. The FDA claims the device turns the highly addictive nicotine addictive into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
“The FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public,” said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the FDA.
Samples examined by the FDA found diethylene glycol — a chemical used in antifreeze – in one brand of e-cigarettes. Based on the FDA findings, e-cigarettes will likely be included in the ban on smoking indoors.