tocacco plant Native American Tobaccoo flower, leaves, and buds

tocacco Tobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.

tocacco nicotina Nicotiana tabacum

tocacco Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%

tocacco cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

tocacco Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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FDA want to short-circuit electronic cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that a laboratory analysis of electronic cigarette samples has found that they contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals such as diethylene glycol, an ingredient used in antifreeze.

Electronic cigarettes, also called “e-cigarettes,” are battery-operated devices that generally contain cartridges filled with nicotine, flavor and other chemicals. The electronic cigarette turns nicotine, which is highly addictive, and other chemicals into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.

These products are marketed and sold to young people and are readily available online and in shopping malls. In addition, these products do not contain any health warnings comparable to FDA-approved nicotine replacement products or conventional cigarettes. They are also available in different flavors, such as chocolate and mint, which may appeal to young people.

Public health experts expressed concern that electronic cigarettes could increase nicotine addiction and tobacco use in young people. Jonathan Winickoff, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Tobacco Consortium and Jonathan Samet, M.D., director of the Institute for Global Health at the University of Southern California, joined Joshua Sharfstein, M.D., principal deputy commissioner of the FDA, and Matthew McKenna, M.D., director of the Office of Smoking and Health for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to discuss the potential risks associated with the use of electronic cigarettes.

“The FDA is concerned about the safety of these products and how they are marketed to the public,” said Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of food and drugs.

Because these products have not been submitted to the FDA for evaluation or approval, at this time the agency has no way of knowing, except for the limited testing it has performed, the levels of nicotine or the amounts or kinds of other chemicals that the various brands of these products deliver to the user.

The FDA’s Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis analyzed the ingredients in a small sample of cartridges from two leading brands of electronic cigarettes. In one sample, the FDA’s analyses detected diethylene glycol, a chemical used in antifreeze that is toxic to humans, and in several other samples, the FDA analyses detected carcinogens, including nitrosamines. These tests indicate that these products contained detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could potentially be exposed.

The FDA has been examining and detaining shipments of e-cigarettes at the border and the products it has examined thus far meet the definition of a combination drug-device product under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA has been challenged regarding its jurisdiction over certain e-cigarettes in a case currently pending in federal district court. The agency is also planning additional activities to address its concerns about these products.

Health care professionals and consumers may report serious adverse events (side effects) or product quality problems with the use of e-cigarettes to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail, fax or phone.

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3 comments to FDA want to short-circuit electronic cigarettes

  • Patty

    I don’t know where the esmoke (juice)came from that the FDA claims has all these additives in it, but the liguid I use with my electronic cigarette is made in the USA and has the following ingredients:

    •Propylene Glycol
    •Distilled water
    •Vegetable Glycerin
    •Natural and Artificial flavors
    PLEASE NOTE: Nicotine is poisonous full strength if ingested

    Now I would like the FDA to explain to me how these are as danagerous as the 4000 plus ingredients that make up the tabacco in cigarettes that have been proven not only to be poisonous, but to also cause cancer, really, what am I missing here. As I have stated before, bottom line this is all about profit and greed and lining one’s pocket with the revenue the selling of tabacco products brings

  • mike

    saying that these, and its flavours, appeal to children is only an excuse to get e-cigs banned. You need to cut it with this “our kids” bullshit. If people want to smoke an electronic cigerette, fucking let them do it, i mean why do you have to prevent someone from doing that. It only makes it seem like, us citizens, can’t do anything they want, for the bullshit they have to put up with. I have no faith in America anymore

  • Sydney Paget

    I started using e-cigs on New Years Day, 2010, and I’ve smoked less than a pack of regular cigarettes during these last two months. I didn’t buy the e-cigs with the intent to quit smoking, but rather as a clean alternative to cigarettes. No longer do I have to worry about offending people through second-hand smoke, nor do I have to worry about my clothes smelling bad or my curtains turning yellow. My lungs are clearing up and I feel great.

    When making laws, the first rule is, “Do we really need a law?” Regarding e-cigs, I don’t think there needs to be a law, except as relating to their purchase by a minor.

    Only 15% of people who smoke cigarettes are able to give them up. Given that, why not let smokers have this alternative which, even if it turns out not to be advantageous to the health, certainly can’t be as bad as smoking regular cigarettes. Moreover, without the second-hand smoke, why should non-smokers continue complaining?

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