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FDA Warning on E-cigarettes is dishonest

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 5 years ago

Editorial 1

Pessimist+Cynic (666) writes "...according to Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, president of the American Council on Science and Health. The FDA had first issued a warning saying that e-cigarettes are just as evil as their (what they're now being called) analog counterparts, the tobacco cigarettes. People that have already quit smoking with the help of e-cigarettes could not believe how the FDA came to the conclusion that propylene glycol + nicotine could be as harmful as the 4700 chemical compounds that can be found in cigarettes. Well, apparently neither can Dr. Whelan believe that, given the editorial she wrote for the Washington Times. Is the FDA afraid they won't be able to tax vaporizing devices as heavily as tobacco cigarettes?"

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No, youre missing the point (1)

ragethehotey (1304253) | more than 5 years ago | (#28984807)

The issue is that it is extremely easy to have a fatal overdose when using straight nicotine, as in consuming orally the equivalent of 30 cigarettes at once accidentally or not, will undoubtedly kill you. (cigarettes have about 2mg nicotine each, a fatal dose hovers around 60mg, this is not an issue when the drug is smoked, because it is impossible to ingest that much of the drug at once through smoking it)

From the wikipedia article on nicotine "The LD50 of nicotine is 50 mg/kg for rats and 3 mg/kg for mice. 40â"60 mg (0.5-1.0 mg/kg) can be a lethal dosage for adult humans.[37][38] Nicotine therefore has a high toxicity in comparison to many other alkaloids such as cocaine, which has an LD50 of 95.1 mg/kg when administered to mice. It is impossible however to overdose on nicotine through smoking alone (though a person can overdose on nicotine through a combination of nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and/or tobacco smoking at the same time.) [39][40] Spilling an extremely high concentration of nicotine onto the skin can result in intoxication or even death since nicotine readily passes into the bloodstream from dermal contact.[41]"
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