JFK Medical Center
Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; FTC File No. P144504
E-cigarette advertising appears to be directed towards the teen and young adult population by offering appealing flavors, suggesting improved socialization (packs vibrating near another user/retailer; using in public areas where smoking is banned), and supporting the notion that e-cigarettes are healthier than conventional cigarettes. It is well know that nicotine is a potent vasoconstrictor; however, the long term effects from exposure to heated and aerosolized propylene glycol and glycerol is yet to be seen. The dangers of e-cigarettes are unknown and should be stated as such. Loudly. Patients are aware they need to quit smoking. They are looking for help. Compared to the dangers of conventional cigarettes, e-cigs look like a better option because they lack the tar, ash, and odor. Unfortunately, people lack to understand they are swapping out chemicals and in 20-30 years we may see history repeat itself with another lung cancer epidemic. E-cigarette marketing is not doing a good job announcing these uncertainties in their advertising or on product packaging.