Letter writer Aaron Gewirtz, owner of a vape shop, makes claims that have no basis in scientific evidence. This is typical of the smoke-and-mirrors tactics that the tobacco industry has used for years. It’s one reason why the FDA was right to regulate among youth electronic cigarettes, as well as other increasingly popular tobacco products such as cigars, hookahs and smokeless tobacco products.
There are hundreds of types of e-cigarettes on the market. The products vary considerably by ingredients, quality control and ability to reliably deliver nicotine or other substances to users. Until the FDA’s regulation, there was no way to know what users were inhaling and how e-cigarette use could affect their health and the health of those around them. It’s just common sense to have oversight of products people ingest or inhale.
The FDA’s authority prohibits manufacturers from making false claims about their products and prohibits the sale of tobacco products to kids. This regulation is a public-health win and a crucial step to saving lives and keeping the next generation from starting lifelong addictions.
Donna S. Lundy, volunteer, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Miami
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