It would make sense that with all the harmful chemicals put into traditional cigarettes that the government would be absolutely against tobacco companies adding anything more to your cancer causing cigarettes. You'd think that the government would even be promoting a healthier alternative such as the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes
. But the FDA is fighting that one. They wouldn't want to take money away from the tobacco companies for their cancer causing cigarettes, or the pharmaceutical companies for all their medications to try and quit smoking. The FDA has done testing and gave results July 2009 to show e-cigs are 1,400 times better for people then regular cigarettes. Instead of promoting these though, they are trying to ban them, meanwhile making regular cigarettes even worse right under our noses!!
How surprised would you be to find out that the governments at the state level in every single state in the US have filed or passed legislation that would make it mandatory for cigarettes to have an additional chemical added to cigarettes. Many have actually had the legislation for this chemical already in effect.This also includes all of Canada who use the New York standard requiring this chemical in all cigarettes sold in the country.
In Fire Safe Cigarettes, identified with the initials FSC on cigarette packs, these new fire safe cigarettes chemicals to your traditional cigarette is supposed to serve a purpose. The reason for the new chemical in cigarettes being that it should reduce the amounts of fires started by traditional cigarettes. The new "fire safe" cigarette will self extinguish if it has not be used for 30 to 35 seconds.
On the upside, this is supposed to reduce the amount of fires that are caused by unattended cigarettes.
The fire safe cigarette chemical, ethylene vinyl acetate has been added to all cigarettes in packs that have the FSC lettering on the side or bottom of the pack. Ethylene vinyl acetate is added in rings to the cigarette paper. When the smoker is not inhaling and the lit part of the cigarette gets to the chemical ring, it will self extinguish. The purpose being that it will reduce the amount of fires created by lit cigarettes that are left unattended.
“Telling smokers they may not use electronic cigarettes until they’re approved by the FDA is like telling a floundering swimmer not to climb aboard a raft because it might have a leak.” Jacob Sullum, Senior Editor Reason Magazine
“This is about as idiotic and irrational an approach as I have ever seen in my 22 years in tobacco control and public health. A public policy maker who touts himself as being a champion of the public’s health as well as some of the leading national health advocacy organizations is demanding that we ban what is clearly a much safer cigarette than those on the market, but that we allow, protect, approve and institutionalize the really toxic ones.” Dr. Michael Siegel, Boston University School of Public Health
“We have every reason to believe the hazard posed by electronic cigarettes would be much lower than 1% of that posed by tobacco cigarettes. The testing guidelines in the current tobacco act circulating through Congress would represent a ban on electronic cigarettes. Yet, if we get all tobacco smokers to switch from regular cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, we would eventually reduce the US death toll from more than 400,000 a year to less than 4,000, maybe as low as 400.” Dr Joel Niztkin, American Association of Public Health
Nicotine is probably the second most used drug after caffeine.” Amazingly, no one thinks of caffeine as a harmful drug. Nor should they. “The possible dangers of nicotine are dwarfed by the dangers associated with tobacco. Pure nicotine has not been associated with the risk of cancer.” International Harm Reduction Association