E-Cigarettes, the FDA and the FCC

E-cigarettes have paved their way around the globe and have established their own following, in both offline markets and online.

However the e-cigarette, which already has its own industry, has generated controversy. Because it is a smoking implement and poses conceivable danger in regards to similar threats associated with actual cigarettes and other tobacco products, the FDA has considered banning it.

The fact that e-cigarettes are registered with the FCC doesn’t seem to make any difference. What is particularly interesting in light of this situation is that the FCC has approved the flavored nicotine e-liquid that e-cigarettes burn, which would suggest that the dangers feared are unfounded.

One argument which could be made for invalidating the concerned posed by the FDA is that other products (healthy products) also contain nicotine (such as vegetables) and kids are still allowed to purchase these items because they are foods deemed by the FDA as safe and healthy.

Even more, health professionals have substantiated that the e-cigarette is not only harmless but also an acceptable aid to use in the process of smoking cessation. It therefore has medicinal value.

Another issue involved with the marketing of e-cigarettes and related products deals with the fact that minors have access to them.

Although e-cigarettes do not contain tar and other carcinogenic toxins, the nicotine dispensed by vapor through the burning of e-liquid is still considered off limits to those under the legal age to buy all tobacco products, and this might be one reason why the FDA is attempting to ban e-cigarettes.

Of course, as mentioned before vegetables and other acceptable commodities also contain nicotine and aren’t considered a threat to American youth. Thus, banning e-cigarettes would mean denying them to those old enough to buy smoking products.

All in all, the ban wouldn’t make sense, especially since tobacco posing more of a danger to human health is legal. A ban would mean those who are looking for a healthier option (or alternative to traditional smoking) would be denied the ability to utilize electric cigarettes as a healthier alternative. This could mean a ban would be potentially contributing to more smoking related deaths and illnesses.

The answer lies in the laws pertaining to e-cigarette products. The marketing and purchasing of these items, as are regarding actual tobacco products, need to be appropriately regulated to adequately accommodate the mandates of those in the societies in which the products are sold. In addition, the distribution of e-cigarettes must be in accordance with the legal regulations moderating drugs and other medical supplies.