For e-cigarettes, safety has always been a concern secondary for many users to the fact that the devices — much beloved by their adherents — enable addicted to nicotine users to often cease or cut down what may be the deadliest leisure activity known to man, smoking tobacco.
It’s definitely true that in regards to e-cigarette safety, the devices are new to market when compared to cigarettes, and long-term effects are still being studied.
But this week’s announcement that Marlboro maker Altria was getting in on the e-cigarette trend sparked larger interest in the health effects of electronic cigarettes, and despite significant evidence that e-cigs are a health boon to smokers, anti-smoking advocates don’t seem to like the shift favoring them.
The American Lung Association is fervently anti-smoking, but the organization still has a dim view of e-cigarette safety despite any significant findings to the contrary.
Over on their page in a statement about e-cigarette safety, the American Lung Association says:
“If e-cigarettes sound too good to be true, that’s because they probably are. With a dearth of rigorous studies on their safety and effectiveness, experts are increasingly concerned that e-cigarettes may do little to help you stop smoking — and may actually do more harm than good.”
The group advises smokers to “avoid e-cigarettes until more research has been done,” and their vice president for national advocacy tells MSN that simply being linked to “Big Tobacco” with the Altria interest of late is enough to make people wary of e-cigarette safety:
“We want to see (the) FDA move forward with regulating them as tobacco products … We know the vast majority of them contain nicotine. Any time you see Big Tobacco jumping into something with both feet, it should be cause for concern.”
Others point to the availability of flavored e-cigarettes as proof that the devices may appeal to kids — but flavored e-cigs are also popular with adults.
While an e-cigarette safety consensus has yet to be fully reached, many users insist that the risks they may face pale in comparison to the known health dangers of smoking.