Should Electronic Cigarettes be Regulated?

Oct 03

As the electric cigarette (e cigarette) continues to grow in popularity, the health concerns associated with e-cigs also continues to grow in direct correspondence. These electronic cigarettes are considered to be healthier than regular cigarettes because they eliminate the smoke and do not contain the many chemicals associated with tobacco cigarettes.

Legal Status of Electronic CigarettesA new report revealed as many as 6 percent of all adults and 21 percent of all adult smokers have experimented with electronic cigarettes. The awareness of the availability of electronic cigarettes increased more than 20 percent over the past two years. The increase in the popularity of these products has caused the health industry to rush into action to determine the health risks that are involved.

Health Issues

The fact that myriad of dangerous chemicals that are present in regular cigarettes are absent with the electronic cigarettes, does not eliminate the fact that these alternatives to regular cigarettes still contain nicotine, which is extremely addictive. The natural postulation is that electronic cigarettes cannot be nearly as unhealthy as regular cigarettes and that is a pretty safe assumption; however, that doesn’t mean that the product is completely safe, and if the product has health risks it stands to reason that there needs to be some type of regulatory process involved.

Regulation

The issue is that the need for regulation is generally based on the assessment of risks and without the necessary data to accurately assess risks, it is an uphill battle to form regulations that would control and manage the sale and consumption of this product. You can expect the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to enter into the ruckus very soon. The concern is that the interference by the FDA will be too heavy handed and end up being counterproductive.

Many argue that the push for regulation is based more on money than actual health concerns. As the popularity and sale of electronic cigarettes increase, the ability to generate revenue through special taxes, similar to the ones placed on regular cigarettes, also increase.

Possible health risk involved with e-cigs should be looked into further and cannot be denied, the problem is the risk of making electronic cigarettes so difficult and expensive to obtain that people will srevert back to smoking.