Critical Analysis Of FDA's Study On Safety Of Smokeless Cigarettes
The report issued by the FDA claiming that electric cigarettes contain impurities and toxins has now been verified false and misleading. It has been found that the FDA's report lacks scientific validity and cannot support their conclusions that e-cigs can or do cause any unhealthy effects to users. Below is a condensed version of the analysis done on the method the FDA used to test electronic cigarettes. Dr. Janci Chunn Lindsay, Ph.D is in charge of the Toxicology & Mechanistic Biology Division of the firm Exponent Engineering and Scientific Consulting. She analyzed the report prepared by the FDA and found some disturbing discrepancies in their scientific practices. Her report Technical Review and Analysis of FDA Report: “Evaluation of the e-cigarette” is summarized here:
1.) Although there were impurities noted in the samples tested, these impurities were at a level much lower than those found in the prescription drug Nicotrol which is approved by the FDA as a smoking cessation medication.
2.) The FDA tested several products for the presence of tobacco associated impurities and TSNA (tobacco-specific nitrosamines). If these products were present, the level was so low that they were undetectable.
3.) For their report, the FDA did not use standard study design or testing procedures when recording results. They also did not statistically analyze the data appropriately.
These inconsistencies illustrate the fact that the FDA's report does not support their conclusion that smokeless cigarette users are exposing themselves to health risks associated with TSNA & tobacco-associated impurities. So why would the FDA report such erroneous findings? No one knows for sure. But at this point, it is clear that more scientifically controlled studies must be done before any conclusions can be drawn.