Evaluation and Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes Required, Stresses Study

Electronic cigarettesA recent study, thoroughly supported by the National Cancer Institute and led by researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University, has stressed that electronic cigarettes need to be properly evaluated and regulated, and these changes should be consistent with cartridge content and effects of the product, even if the effect seems to be a total failure to deliver any nicotine.

Electronic cigarettes, sold as an alternative to the tobacco ones, are made up of a battery, heater and cartridge, and contain a solution of nicotine, propylene glycol and other chemicals. The purpose of the cigarettes is to deliver the nicotine without any tobacco toxicants.

"Consumers have a right to expect that products marketed to deliver a drug will work safely and as promised. Our findings demonstrate that the 'electronic cigarettes' that we tested do not deliver the drug they are supposed to deliver. It's not just that they delivered less nicotine than a cigarette. Rather, they delivered no measurable nicotine at all. In terms of nicotine delivery, these products were as effective as puffing from an unlit cigarette" said lead researcher Thomas Eissenberg, Ph. D., Professor in the VCU Department of Psychology.

Despite the fact that there is no published data about the safety of e-cigarettes, these are sold openly in malls and online. Also, these are currently available unregulated across the US, unlike other products intended to serve the same purpose like lozenges, gum and patches.