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E-Cigarettes Should Be Regulated Like Tobacco: American Heart Association
Date:8/25/2014

tes, the market for these products has grown dramatically," Brown said. "We fear that any additional delay of these new regulations will have real, continuing public health consequences. Hence, we urge the agency to release the tobacco deeming rule by the end of this year."

The AHA also wants states to include e-cigarettes in smoke-free laws, but only if changes to include the devices won't weaken existing laws.

While some research suggests that the use of e-cigarettes to help smokers quit may be as or more effective than nicotine patches, there is no evidence to show that e-cigarettes are an effective first-line smoking cessation treatment, the statement said.

Proven methods of helping smokers quit should be tried first. But if they fail, doctors should not discourage the use of e-cigarettes by patients who want to use the devices to try to quit smoking, the AHA said.

"Nicotine is a dangerous and highly addictive chemical no matter what form it takes -- conventional cigarettes or some other tobacco product," AHA President Dr. Elliott Antman said in the news release.

"Every life that has been lost to tobacco addiction could have been prevented," Antman said. "We must protect future generations from any potential smokescreens in the tobacco product landscape that will cause us to lose precious ground in the fight to make our nation 100 percent tobacco-free."

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about electronic cigarettes.

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Aug. 25, 2014

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