Inappropriate Use of E-cigarettes can be Fatal, Warns Study

by VR Sreeraman on  May 7, 2011 at 1:42 PM General Health News
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Queensland Health issues warning about the dangers of 'e-cigarettes' in a bid to curb its usage.

The organisation seized more than 70 packages at Brisbane Airport in past one month.
 Inappropriate Use of E-cigarettes can be Fatal, Warns Study
Inappropriate Use of E-cigarettes can be Fatal, Warns Study

The warning says that e-cigarettes, advertised on the Internet as a way to quit smoking, contain vials of liquid nicotine, which can be fatal if used inappropriately.

Queensland Health's Sophie Dwyer said that liquid nicotine was classed as a Schedule 7 dangerous poison under the Australian Standard for Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons.

"The e-cigarettes are being misleadingly marketed as a safe alternative to cigarettes and as an aid in withdrawal from tobacco smoking but this is not the case," The Courier Mail quoted Dwyer as saying.

"There is no evidence e-cigarettes are effective in helping people to quit smoking," she added.

Source: ANI

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I have an e-cigarette. I did purchase the item as a quit smoking aid as having smoked for 20 years and trying to quit for the last 7, nothing was working. I have tried patches, gum, lozenges, inhalers, hypnotherapy, acupuncture and nothing has worked. My first real success seems to have come with the e-cigarette which began as a nicotine device and then later I started substituting the nicotine for nicotine-free cartridges. Here are my concerns with the article and current government thinking on e-cigarettes. Cigarettes - the leading cause of death are LEGAL. E-Cigarettes, as yet unproven are being questioned. If the government were really concerned about the health issues, cigarettes would be criminalised. Not being a scientist, I couldn't tell you if e-cigarettes are worst, better or whatever - but they would have to be bad to be worst than the leading cause of death in Australia, don't you think? The difference between e-cigarettes and the more traditional counterpart really boils down to taxation. Cigarettes, due to the way the industry has been structured, policed and monitored provide BILLIONS in revenue for the state and federal governments. Queensland Health are seizing e-cigarettes, widely used as a quit smoking aid yet allowing the leading cause of death on the streets - keeping in mind, cigarettes are widely smoked by teenagers. The leading cause of death in Australia will never be criminalised because of the revenue stream it provides for the goverment - yet a device widely used to help people quit smoking is being frowned upon? Are they that desperate for our money they would happily kill us?


Well said... I am myself a 15 year smoker of traditional cigarettes..and to tell u the truth I hated myself for my bad habit. Then I got myself an e-cig, and I could have never believed , that letting go of smoking was actually this easy, all I can regret of e-cig is...that I should have started it a lot early.. Happy Vaping guys

There is a rise in the marketing and selling of e-cigarettes. If indeed e-cigarettes are harmful and does not deliver what it promises [to help people quit smoking], I think it's time that it will be pull out of the market. The government should do something about this since instead of helping people, it's dangerous to the health.

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