would probably be something that eliminates online sales,” said Steingraber, adding that such a ban would only help the tobacco giants that sell e-cigs and already have a massive retail footprint from their traditional products. “It would be somewhat catastrophic,” he said. But White Cloud, Logic and a number of other companies welcome the prospect that the FDA regulations will include quality-control standards in e-cigarette manufacture and in the nicotine-laced liquids the devices vaporize for inhalation.
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Chicagoans help on electronic cigarettes study
The Food and Drug Administration has said it is generally safe for use in food. However, the long-term risks of inhalation are not clear. A German cancer institute reviewed research on e-cigarettes and said secondhand exposure may raise a child’s risk for asthma. Further, the German study said: “Adverse health effects for third parties exposed cannot be excluded because the use of electronic cigarettes leads to emission of fine and ultrafine inhalable liquid particles, nicotine and cancer-causing substances into indoor air.” As the devices are touted as an aid to quit smoking, U.S. cigarette makers are jumping into the market with flavors that include strawberry and pina colada. Meanwhile, the FDA is studying e-cigarette health effects and whether to regulate the devices as it regulates tobacco.
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Editorial: LIRR is right to ban e-cigarettes
Some users believe they are safer. Others say the vapor-producing devices have helped them kick their tobacco habit. But the government wants to know more and is turning to Chicago researchers to find the answers. A weekday morning brings a steady stream of customers to 21 Century Smoking an electronic or e cigarette store in Chicagos Lincoln Park neighborhood. Some are regulars stocking up on supplies.
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