NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are the primary target of an escalating public health controversy.
Proposed regulation from the Food and Drug Administration would force manufacturers of e-cigarettes – and other currently non-regulated tobacco products – to register with the FDA.
It would also require full disclosure of their products’ ingredients and ban companies from making health claims without FDA review, which health experts say has led to more children and teens picking up the smokeless cigarettes.
“There’s nothing healthy about it because at the end of the day, at the minimum, it has nicotine which is common to cigarettes as well as e-cigarettes, and nicotine is highly addictive,” said Dr. Basmah Safdar of Yale-New Haven Hospital.
“It slows the blood flow down,” Safdar added. “It can cause heart attacks, strokes. Because it’s not regulated and it’s not in any childproof product or packaging, children less than five years old have access to it.”
Overdose rates among children – lured by flavored liquid nicotine in e-cigarettes – are up in the emergency department. Depending on the amount ingested, Safdar said, nicotine can cause children to vomit, suffer nausea, or otherwise get sick.