American Lung Association Supports Food and Drug Administration Finding that E-Cigarettes are Harmful and Contain Carcinogens

Lung Association Urges FDA to Immediately Halt the Sale of Unapproved Products

(July 22, 2009)

Statement of the American Lung Association:

The American Lung Association applauds the Food and Drug Administration for its announcement today about e-cigarettes. FDA’s preliminary findings show e-cigarettes contain carcinogens and toxic chemicals, including ingredients found in antifreeze. 

For too long, e-cigarette manufacturers have sold these nicotine delivery devices – absent FDA review and approval. These findings indicate FDA is serious about enforcing the law to protect consumers from unapproved products. 

In light of these initial findings, the American Lung Association urges the FDA to act immediately to halt the sale and distribution of all e-cigarettes unless the products have been reviewed and approved for sale by the FDA.

FDA’s announcement can be found at http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm172906.htm

The American Lung Association is committed to helping all Americans who want to break their addiction to nicotine.  The American Lung Association is proud to offer Freedom From Smoking®, the gold standard in smoking cessation programs. This program is available in many formats including a group clinic held in communities across the nation, a self-help manual and an Internet-based program (www.ffsonline.org). The Lung Association also offers free cessation counseling through our Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNG-USA.