FDA expresses concern over electronic cigarettes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/22/09

FDA expresses concern over electronic cigarettes

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you think electronic cigarettes are safer than the real thing, the FDA says that's not true.

After testing two popular brands - Smoking Everywhere and Njoy - it was discovered that they contain some of the same cancer-causing agents found in regular cigarettes, including a toxic chemical used in antifreeze.

"We're concerned about how they're being marketed, what's in them and we certainly don't think people should be using them," said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, MD, FDA Principal Deputy Commissioner.

Officials also expressed concern these products are targeting children by offering flavored e-cigarettes, like bubble gum and chocolate chip cookie.

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