Since e-cigarettes have not been scientifically evaluated, there is no evidence that these products are safe for human consumption or that they are effective in helping tobacco users quit.
E-cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans. Because clinical studies about the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes have not been submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consumers currently have no way of knowing:
- Whether e-cigarettes are safe for their intended use
- How much nicotine or other potentially harmful chemicals are being inhaled during use, or
- If there are any benefits associated with using these products.
Research shows that reduced risk product claims undermine adult cessation and youth prevention. Lulled by a false sense of security, consumers may not quit and instead continue their addiction.
E-cigarettes produce a vapor of potentially harmful substances, which may appear similar to the smoke emitted by traditional tobacco products. Their use in workplaces and public places where smoking of traditional tobacco products is prohibited creates concern and confusion and leads to difficulties in enforcing the smoking prohibitions.
FDA-regulated nicotine replacement therapies, such as the patch or gum, contain low doses of nicotine and are time released slowly into the body. E-cigarettes do not meet these specifications.
Limited laboratory studies of certain samples have indicated that quality control processes used to manufacture e-cigarettes and their accessories are substandard or non-existent.
Utah Youth E-Cigarette Use Rates
In 2011, 1 in 20 Utah students (grades 8, 10 and 12) had tried e-cigarettes.
During the same period of time, 2% of Utah students (grades 8, 10 and 12) used e-cigarettes in the past month.
Utah students who used e-cigarettes were significantly more likely to smoke regular cigarettes than students who were not using e-cigarettes. The smoking rate for Utah students who used e-cigarettes was 69% compared to a 4% smoking rate among students who were not using e-cigarettes.
Utah Adult E-Cigarette Use Rates
A 2012 survey of Utah adults showed that 2.8% had used an e-cigarette in the past month (this compares to 3.0% current chew use, 4.2% for current cigar use; 1.3% for Hookah use).
Overall, approximately 50% of Utah adults who use other tobacco products (other than cigarettes) also smoke cigarettes.
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