Jackson, Miss. – Today, Mississippi State Health Officer Mary Currier, MD, MPH, joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in calling electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), devices which increase nicotine exposure and which are not safe alternatives to smoking. ENDS and other devices that are used to deliver heated nicotine should be considered drug delivery systems. Nicotine, which is found in tobacco, is highly addictive.
“We know that more research on ENDS and similar products must still be done. There is not enough information on the effects of using ENDS for us to ensure the health and safety of all Mississippians,” Currier said. “Nicotine use is known to have adverse health effects, and preliminary studies show that e-cigarette use leads to cigarette consumption.”
The primary use of ENDS is to heat liquid nicotine and inhale its vapor, commonly referred to as “vaping”. Liquid nicotine and other substances in ENDS increase exposure to nicotine and are hazardous to your health. The tobacco industry focuses its efforts on persuading a new generation of people – especially youth – into using ENDS. The use of ENDS by youth has increased rapidly since 2010.
ENDS, including e-cigarettes, are not an approved Food and Drug Administration (FDA) smoking cessation aid. In Mississippi, there have been over 40 cases of nicotine exposure related to e-cigarettes reported to the Mississippi Poison Control Center in the last five years. Although ENDS are now regulated by the FDA, consumers and their families are still exposed to unknown levels of nicotine, chemicals, metals and other impurities, both in e-liquids and their vapor.
“There is absolutely no way to know what additives are contained in liquid nicotine,” adds Currier. “Much more research is needed regarding the health impacts of those exposed to ENDS vapor.”
ENDS use can lead to traditional cigarette use and nicotine addiction. The liquids are manufactured in a variety of flavors, such as bubble gum, cotton candy and many others, making their use enticing to children and youth. These flavors and the use of marketing terms such as “e-juice” further mislead youth and adults into believing that these products are harmless and safe for consumption.
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