Sumary of Researchers propose regulatory recommendations for e-cigarette use:
- Despite short-term harms and emerging negative long-term effects, the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems — better known as e-cigarettes — among both American adolescents and adults has accelerated and presents public health concerns for tobacco control efforts.
- Now, a Johns Hopkins Medicine researcher and his colleagues have proposed e-cigarette regulatory recommendations based upon tiered nicotine exposure standards and associated distribution controls.
- Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have a clear regulatory structure for e-cigarette products, and for the first time, they are reviewing over 6.4 million applications for the entry of such products into the market.
- “Tobacco companies already know that e-cigarettes are their future,” says former regulator Brian Miller, M.
- ” Developed in China in 2003, e-cigarettes are devices of varying shapes and sizes that electronically aerosolize a nicotine-containing solution delivered to users via inhalation, a practice also known as “vaping.
- 13, 2021, in the journal Tobacco Control, Miller and his colleagues discuss the ways e-cigarettes challenge regulators worldwide and address their rising use by adolescents, as well as their potential for being a tool to reduce the dangerous risks from traditional combustible cigarettes.
- Related StoriesRather than leave nicotine content to manufacturers, Miller and his colleagues recommend that the FDA modify its existing regulatory approach and adopt a “tiered” nicotine exposure framework that differentiates products based on the level of exposure to the chemical a user receives from a specific e-cigarette.