E-Cigarette Use Increases as FDA Investigates
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially requested information about electronic cigarettes (also known as e-cigarettes). The request came in response to many reports of poisoning associated with the devices, according to Reuters.
About Electronic Cigarettes
According to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, electronic cigarettes deliver vapor to the user instead of smoke, as in traditional cigarettes. The e-cigarettes still contain nicotine and other harmful chemicals, but no tobacco is actually burned during use.
E-cigarettes feature a cartridge which can be filled with liquid nicotine that comes in a variety of flavors. The devices are battery operated and often rechargeable.
Several news sources have reported that electronic cigarettes have been the cause of an increase in calls and visits to hospital emergency rooms around the country. This recent surge in liquid nicotine poisoning has prompted the FDA to consider issuing a warning about the potential dangers of e-cigarettes.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that liquid nicotine use among high school students has increased by nine percent in the past year. Traditional cigarette use decreased by about three percent.
Adverse Event Reports in Relation to E-Cigarettes
The following information has been provided by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
- Congestive heart failure
- Various other health problems