Public health officials want federal regulations of electronic cigarettes

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Public health officials are pushing for regulations of electronic cigarettes, a device similar to a real cigarette, it emits puffs of vapour and contains nicotine.

Montreal's public health agency wants the federal government to set regulations for the sale of electronic cigarettes. Right now, none exist.

It says while waiting for more studies on the health impacts of the product, it wants authorities to limit the quantity of nicotine that electronic cigarettes can contain.

It also wants electronic cigarettes to be sold with the same restrictions as tobacco products.

“It’s never really been tested to see if it has harmful effects, we suspect it’s safe, but the studies haven’t been done, at the very least we need some degree of regulations or control over the manufacturer,” CJAD's medical expert Dr. Mitch Shulman said.

Some doctors also want to the product to be recognised as a method to quit smoking.

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  1. Richard posted on 07/21/2014 09:31 AM
    And the non-smoking whiners continue to whine
  2. Guy in Dollard posted on 07/21/2014 10:08 AM
    and while anyone who says anything against breathing smoke as a whiner, let me continue...... If they contain nicotine, then when a person using it, blows out the 'vapor', it probably contains nicotine also, therefore, the use of these 'electronic cigarettes should be limited the same way that any other form of smoking is. I don't want to breathe that 'vapor', anymore than I want to breathe cigarette smoke.
    1. Ryan posted on 07/21/2014 12:00 PM
      @Guy in Dollard "probably" isn't good enough. If you did some research you would learn that there is a small amount of nicotine that is delivered when the gas turns to liquid in the users mouth, the exhaled vapor contains no nicotine and dissipates quickly.
      Even if it did turn to nicotine, I don't see how that would be a concern of yours since nicotine is probably the least harmful of all the chemicals in tobacco.
    2. Richard posted on 07/21/2014 12:03 PM
      @Guy in Dollard In other words....whine whine whine

      Nicotine is not dangerous....its the hundreds of other chemicals in cigarettes that are....But as you sit on you smoke free terrace....enjoy the fumes that are spewing from the cars and busses as they drive by

      But don't let the facts keep you from whining
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