Ryan Bell, a Practicum Student on the Center’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) evaluation, recently submitted a letter to the editor to the Post-Dispatch
on the topic of electronic cigarettes. Bell’s letter, originally submitted with the title: ‘Tis the season for smoke-free shopping
was published on December 4, 2012 with a very different title: Ban e-cigarettes in indoor public places
. Read the LTE and comments here
While proponents of e-cigarettes see them as a less dangerous alternative to combustible tobacco products, many in the public health community view e-cigarettes as gateway products to tobacco use and nicotine addiction and support their restriction or even removal from the market. Those in favor of regulation point out that e-cigarette cartridges are sold in a variety of flavors and can be purchased in places where young people often gather, like at shopping malls. Furthermore, safety of these products has not been fully studied and they have not been approved by the FDA.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website:
“As the safety and efficacy of e-cigarettes have not been fully studied, consumers of e-cigarette products currently have no way of knowing: