The FDA sent warnings to five makers of e-cigarettes for marketing them illegally as stop-smoking aids and the federal regulator said it intends to regulate the products as drugs.
NO PROOF OF SAFETY OR EFFECTIVENESS
The warnings were for violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act -- including making unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices, said Michael Levy of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. The act stipulates that a company cannot claim that its drug can treat a disease, including nicotine addiction, without the drug's safety and effectiveness having been proven.
However, each of the five companies claim that their electronic-cigarettes help users quit smoking tobacco.
The FDA has yet to find out whether e-cigarettes can be proven safe and effective -- as members of the Electronic Cigarette Association have yet to prove.
The companies warned by the FDA letters include: E-CigaretteDirect, Ruyan America, Gamucci America, also known as Smokey Bayou, E-Cig Technology and Johnson's Creek Enterprises. (Pictured above are e-cigarette workers at a factory in China -- where almost all e-cigs are manufactured.)
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION MEDICATIONS IN E-CIG CARTRIDGES
Here's a shocker! Some of these companies were targeted by the FDA because they sell medications in liquid to be used in e-cig cartridges that become vaporized and inhaled. Good grief!
An example is E-Cig Technology which markets the erectile dysfunction drug tadalafil, sold by Eli Lilly as Cialis, and a liquid version of the weight-loss drug rimonabant or Compal, a Sanofi-Aventis drug that NEVER received U.S. marketing approval and has been pulled from the European market due to safety concerns.
PUBLIC 'INHALES' UNPROVEN CLAIMS
It seems that much of the public has been buying the propaganda that the e-cigarette companies are spewing; and the public is inhaling all the safe and effective stop smoking-aid claims without any proof. The gullible seem mostly to be smokers who are addicted to tobacco and nicotine. They are desperate to believe, as are most true-believers.
Yes, I see similarities between those with yellow-stained fingers and those with black and blue stains on bible-thumping hands.
BEWARE OF TRUE BELIEVERS
These true believers are strict followers of beliefs irrespective of the facts. They seem to have surrendered their rational cognitive faculties to dogma and are incapable of objectively assessing real-world events that contradict their articles of faith. Does anyone doubt the powers of addiction?
Even so, those who are not addicted have a duty to shout out "No, don't drink the Kool Aid!"
The FDA's warning letters to the companies say they have 15 days to respond.
by Sharon McEachern