Dr. Mindy Calandro: Are e-cigarettes safe?
BATON ROUGE - Pediatrician Mindy Calandro said today on News 2 at 4 that there still is no good data on the long term effects of vaporized nicotine, whether directly inhaled or delivered via "second hand vapor".
A bill has passed by the Louisiana House that was designed to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and a similar bill is awaiting vote in the LA Senate. Currently, there is no regulation by the FDA on the sale of e-cigs to children or any regulations on the quality of the liquid nicotine vials used in electronic cigarettes.
Dr. Calandro said that even e-cig liquids (or "juices") that are advertised as "nicotine free" may contain nicotine as well as other carcinogens such as formaldehyde.
The doctor cautioned that, as with old-fashioned cigarettes, nicotine is highly addictive. Due to the relative newness of the practice, medical practitioners and researchers do not know the long term impact that may accompany the inhalation of nicotine vapor, according to Dr. Calandro.