Local Health Council reviews e-cigarette risks

Local Health Council reviews e-cigarette risks

The Bradley County Health Council reviewed a PowerPoint presentation on e-cigarettes created by the Tennessee Department of Health at a recent meeting.

The presentation listed a series of “unknowns” yet to be discovered about the new fad.

The department questioned the long-term effects of e-cigarettes, in addition to its role as a gateway to tobacco use.

The presentation also posed several concerns:

– Would flavors and packaging entice newcomers to nicotine addiction?

– Does lack of regulation for the manufacturing processes and materials used in production warrant concern?

– What are the effects of second-hand vapor?

Health Council member Joyce Clem suggested each are legitimate concerns.

According to the history, the electronic cigarettes were developed in China in 2000. The devices hit the market in 2003. At that time, the e-cigarettes were less than one percent “of the $80 billion U.S. cigarette industry.” The presentation reported the electronic cigarette market share has doubled since 2003.

Clem continued through the presentation to highlight the reason sales have increased in America.

The presentation reported the electronic cigarette “feeds off of an existing addiction” created by the tobacco industry. The electronic cigarettes are also being touted as an alternate to cigarettes.

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