E-cig sellers jockey for market position before FDA issues regulations
More research on e-cigarette vapor including its second-hand effects is required to definitively determine exactly how dangerous it is. The authors proposed several questions around which to base future research: Do low levels of contaminants in e-cigarette vapor pose a health risk? What are the thresholds for toxicity of contaminants in vapor? What should be the basis for product standards for e-cigarettes? Could the risks be ameliorated by changes in engineering?
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That “would most likely turn smokers off of the product” because they would be left with “an essentially flavorless” vapor that would make traditional cigarettes appear preferable in comparison, he said. He argues that banning flavors in or setting maximums on nicotine content in e-cigs would make kicking the tobacco habit even harder for traditional smokers. But a perhaps bigger concern for Steingraber and other executives at e-cig makers is a potential ban on Internet sales.
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