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.