-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Electronic cigarettes should
be banned until safety concerns have been addressed, University of
California researchers say.
Their study adds more fuel to the controversy over the
battery-operated devices that contain nicotine, flavorings and
other chemicals. The issue heated up this fall when the U.S. Food
and Drug Administration cited five e-cigarette distributors for
poor manufacturing practices and falsely claiming that the products
help people stop smoking.
The study found serious flaws in e-cigarette products and health
claims. The researchers evaluated six different brands of
electronic cigarettes that were bought online and found that:
Because electronic cigarettes are smokeless, they are marketed
to smokers for use in non-smoking areas.
But the researchers concluded that they should not be marketed
at all -- at least until they were safe to use. "Our observations,"
they wrote, "provide evidence that regulators should consider
removing [electronic cigarettes] from the market until design
features, quality control, disposal and safety issues have been
The study was released online Tuesday in the journal
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