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E-cigarette column used information disputed by other sources

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In response to the commentary by the American Lung Association about e-cigarettes in Sunday’s paper, I realize the ingredients in these products need to be regulated to ensure FDA approved ingredients are used. The e-cig industry has been self-regulating itself to use such ingredients. The studies cited by the American Lung Association are years old and were done on products from China.

As for marketing to children, nicotine gums and lozenges come in flavors such as fruit chill and cherry. Are these being marketed to children? What about fruit- and candy-flavored vodkas and liquors?

The ingredient cited as being used in anti-freeze — propylene glycol — was put there to reduce toxicity to animals ingesting leaks from vehicles and is used in many food products as a base for food flavorings and approved by the FDA.

Studies done by reputable institutions such as Drexel University have found no effects of second-hand byproducts and others have found e-cigs the most effective way of kicking the smoking habit, more so than the patch or gums. These reports are ignored by the American Lung Association as they don’t support their positions. The National Institute of Health, a government entity, has found no apparent risks to human health from e-cig emissions based on their analyses. Past president of the American Lung Association, Charles Connor (2008-2012 ) states, “Science should triumph over opinion” and is now an advocate for e-cigs.

The e-cig industry needs to be looked at in an unbiased and science-based way. It can be another tool in the arsenal to battle smoking.

David Bewley

Bemidji

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