Monday, March 4, 2013

FDA Asked to Step into E-cigarette Debate (Again)

PC Magazine
By Chloe Albanesius
March 4, 2013

An advocacy group associated with the American Cancer Society is asking the FDA to re-examine the safety of electronic cigarettes and whether they can actually help people quit.

"E-cigarettes have not been scientifically shown to be effective tobacco cessation tools, yet some distributors are marketing them either directly or indirectly for that purpose," Chris Hansen, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), said in a statement.
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In January, meanwhile, Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives (CASAA), backed a White House petition that asked the administration to stop the FDA from regulating or banning the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, accessories, and associated liquids. At the time of its posting, White House petitions required 25,000 signatures for an official response (they now require 100,000) and it topped that with 27,638 supporters. It's unclear if the White House has issued its response yet....

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