Lawmakers Warn of Carcinogen Risk with E-Cigarettes
Last week, a group of U.S. Senators sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting the agency re-examine its proposed electronic cigarette regulations based on new research available. According to Sci-Tech Today, the new study suggests e-cigarette devices may produce carcinogenic substances.
Details of the New E-Cigarette Study
The new study was conducted by researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. The study looked at what are known as “tank systems.” These devices are larger than e-cigarettes and allow users to carry more liquid nicotine and have an extended battery supply. According to the study, these devices have the potential to get hot enough to produce toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde.
The study also raised concerns about non-users who may be exposed to the potentially dangerous vapors secondhand.
FDA Announces E-Cigarette Regulations
In April, the FDA announced that it would begin regulating the emerging industry. The proposed regulation would:
- Ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18.
- Require warning labels on products.
- Require FDA approval for any new products.
The Senators’ letter urges the FDA to consider expanding those regulations to include more specific rules on the devices themselves, rather than just the ingredients.