December 22, 2014 – e-cig Additives
Anchor lead: Flavored e-cigarettes may be hazardous, Elizabeth Tracey reports
Bubble gum, cherry, chocolate…these are flavorings found in e-cigarettes, and aside from their blatant appeal to young people, may also have very bad effects on the lungs when they’re inhaled. That’s according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Enid Neptune, a lung expert at Johns Hopkins, concurs.
Neptune: Most of these additives have been deemed safe simply because they are safe in ingested products and not because they have been tested in inhalational studies. I think this will hopefully engage our regulatory agencies, help them to include these inhalational toxicity measures in their assessment of these various e-cigarette solutions, I’m hopeful that the FDA will include this as they refine and modify their proposed rule for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. :33
Neptune says for now, the obvious message is steer clear of flavored e-cigarettes. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.