Electronic Smoke-Free Cigarettes
China has recently introduced an electronic smoke-free cigarette (“e-cigarette”). The battery-powered device, which can be bought online, delivers an odorless dose of nicotine and flavoring without tar or additives, and produces a vapor mist that is nearly identical in appearance to tobacco smoke. Because they do not produce smoke, these cigarettes can be used in workplaces, restaurants, and airports.
The electronic cigarettes have not been approved by the government, and are virtually unstudied. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has already refused entry to dozens of shipments of e-cigarettes. “These appear to be unapproved drug device products, and as unapproved products they cannot enter the United States” said Karen Riley, a spokeswoman for the FDA.
However, it appears that e-cigarettes have made their way into the country. One Rhode Island man, who quit smoking regular cigarettes last year, likes e-cigarettes so much that he has started selling them at a mall kiosk. For about $100 to $150, a user can buy a starter kit including a battery-powered cigarette and replaceable cartridge that typically contains nicotine flavoring and propylene glycol, a liquid whose vaporizing produces a smoke-like mist. When a user inhales, a sensor heats the cartridge. The flavorings include tobacco, Menthol and cherry, and the level of nicotine varies by cartridge.
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