The FDA has banned four R.J. Reynolds e-cigarette brands including Camel Crush Bold and two Pall Mall brands. In 2009 the FDA banned most e-cigarettes that contained flavoring as it was said to be a gateway to smoking for young people. In addition, the FDA website says the following:
“E-cigarettes have not been fully studied, so consumers currently don’t know:
- the potential risks of e-cigarettes when used as intended,
- how much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or
- whether there are any benefits associated with using these products.”
Cigarette smoke is believed to cause an astonishing 400,000 deaths a year in this country. So it is great news that FDA is ever more serious about regulating tobacco and nicotine delivery systems. This is not new. Last year for the first time they rejected four new products from Lorrilard Tobacco. This time the ban was essentially to regulate the addition of menthol and of course some flavoring was slipped in. However. if you are a smoker (and I hope you are not), there is a solution. If you are old enough to remember Kojak, go suck on a lollipop.