Tobacco Free Florida Statement On Electronic Cigarettes

Tobacco Free Florida about the issue of electronic cigarettes

“Recently, consumers have been led to believe electronic cigarettes are a safe alternative to normal tobacco cigarettes, and even an effective way to quit smoking. However, there is currently no scientific evidence to support that electronic cigarettes will help people quit smoking and preliminary research from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reveals that e-cigarettes contain toxic substances and carcinogens.

“On April 25, 2011, the FDA announced that it would regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and not as a drug or device. In 2009, the FDA gained authority to oversee tobacco products and this decision allows the agency to provide regulations including requiring ingredient listings for electronic cigarettes, which until now, have not been subject to government oversight.

“Tobacco Free Florida also has concerns about electronic cigarettes utilizing candy flavors and the unique appeal those products might have to young people.

“The most effective way to quit smoking is to talk to your healthcare provider or seek help from a qualified quit coach to help you make a personalized plan. Prescription medication and nicotine replacement therapies like the patch, gum and lozenges have also been proven effective as part of a comprehensive quit plan. Florida’s smokers have access to free and convenient help in quitting through the Florida Quitline. (877-U-CAN-NOW)

“According to Kim Berfield, Deputy Secretary of the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Quitline provides Floridians with the necessary support needed for quitting:

“‘Those looking to quit using tobacco should focus on what we know works according to the data. The Department of Health and Tobacco Free Florida encourage Florida’s smokers to call the Florida Quitline. It is a great resource providing free counseling and free nicotine replacement therapies for those who wish to quit.'”

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