3 Prominent Doctors Speak Out Against the FDA’s Recent Press Release
Posted on August 20th, 2009 by Jack Stone
There’s been a lot of huff lately about the chemicals found in electronic cigarettes. Specifically, a recent statement from the FDA that was far from complete and quite misleading. In a recent press release, three prominent tobacco researchers are speaking out against the FDA information and demanding that the FDA more accurately report the truth. According to the press release…
A group of prominent doctors and tobacco researchers, including Dr. Michael Siegel at the Boston University School of Public Health, Dr. Joel Nitzkin of the AAPHP Tobacco Control Task Force, and Dr. Brad Rodu, Endowed Chair, Tobacco Harm Reduction Research University of Louisville, have spoken out against the FDA’s recent statement and are urging the FDA to release the data upon which it’s basing its warning against electronic cigarettes.
The doctors fear the FDA has slanted public opinion through what they consider a “disingenuous targeting of electronic cigarettes through a biased presentation of the scientific data.” Most evidence suggests electronic cigarettes offer a great potential to reduce the serious health issues associated with smoking traditional, tobacco cigarettes.
The FDA’s recent press release cited the presence of unnamed amounts of carcinogens and “toxic chemicals” in a “small sample” of electronic cigarette cartridges. Not only were the levels of chemicals found disclosed, but the sample size, and what brands were sampled specifically, were completely left out of the release. The FDA specifically mentioned nitrosamines, but failed to mention that similar carcinogens are also present in nicotine replacement products such as NicoDerm CQ and Nicorette gum, both of which are approved by the FDA. Additionally, detectable amounts of nitrosamines can be found in foods such as bacon and beer, another fact that leads us to question the true intentions of the FDA study.
According to Dr. Siegel, “The FDA’s laboratory findings actually indicate that electronic cigarettes are much, much safer than conventional cigarettes,” and “the traces of carcinogens present are also present in nicotine replacement products.”
Dr. Siegel suggests the FDA is approaching the problem asking the wrong question. “The question they are asking is: ‘Are electronic cigarettes safe?’ That is not the right question. The right question is: ‘Are electronic cigarettes much safer than traditional ones?’”
Addiontally, Dr. Rodu stated “the FDA tested e-cigarettes for TSNAs using a questionable sampling regimen, and the methods that were so sensitive that the results may have no possible significance to users…These psuedo-scientific actions are clearly intended to form the justification for banning a category of products that are probably 99.9% safer than cigarettes.”