Electronic CigaretteThe  American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a new policy today, recommending that electronic cigarettes become classified as drug delivery devices. 

As a drug delivery device, the electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, would be subject to the same FDA rules that all other drug delivery devices are subject too.  The AMA is also recommending rules be made that prohibit the selling of e-cigarettes that are not FDA approved.

Unlike regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes do not produce smoke.  They do provide nicotine to the user though, and the FDA has issued warnings about the potential for addition, and says they contain harmful toxins.

AMA Board Member Edward L. Langston, M.D.,  said of the new recommendations: “Our new policies can help ensure that e-cigarettes are properly classified and regulated,” and added that “The fact that they come in fruit and candy flavors gives them the potential to entice new nicotine users, especially teens.”

The AMA adopted the new policy, after a discussion about the current regulations and potential health issues, during the AMA annual Meeting in Chicago.

The Electronic Cigarette Association (ECA) counters the AMA recommendations, saying that there is no evidence of harmful effects due to e-cigarette use, that they are marketed to adults, and that there is no evidence of children and teens being interested in e-cigarettes. 

While the ECA supports regulations against the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, they see the e-cigarette as a healthier alternative to regular cigarette use.

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