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E-Cigarette News: Health Officials Share Risks Of Vaping

Update Date: Jan 11, 2017 10:50 AM EST
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The Tennessee Department of Health reports that some of the risks linked to the use of e-cigarettes are nicotine dependence, exposure to harmful chemicals and the risk of death. (Photo : Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The long-lasting debates over the use of e-cigarettes aren't finished yet. Now, state health officials released new risks of vaping.

The Tennessee Department of Health reports that some of the risks linked to the use of e-cigarettes are nicotine dependence, exposure to harmful chemicals and the risk of death.

"Some of those products associated with e-cigarettes are known to have adverse health impacts," Dr. David Reagan, Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, said as reported by WKRN-TV. He said that there is little or no control or regulation on e-juice, the smoke-able liquid.

"It's just kind of the wild, wild west out there and I think that's why the FDA stepped in and set some rules and regulations," he added.

In February 2013, the Tennessee Department of Health issued its first public health advisory on e-cigarettes and after reviewing an unbiased, scientific research it has updated its advisory. Now, it's providing more information on the devices and urges users to understand the risks linked with their use.

Risks Of E-Cigarettes

According to Clarksville Online, liquid nicotine, a primary ingredient in many e-cigarettes and similar devices can be fatal if ingested or absorbed through the skin. Thus, in the new advisory, TDH recommends that users protect themselves and not allow kids access to the liquids.

Moreover, there were reports of exploding devices. This risk triggered the U.S. Department of Transportation to ban the devices in checked baggage. The U.S. Surgeon General also reported that more teens are using the devices, warning that e-cigarettes could create a new generation of nicotine-addicted Americans.

Lastly, the smoke and emissions that come from the devices may contain harmful chemicals that could pose harm to both humans and animals.

"Our recommendation is that people who are considering them for smoking cessation should instead use CDC-approved methods. Those who are thinking about them for recreational purposes should know they are placing themselves at risk for developing a life-long nicotine addiction or exposing themselves and others to substantial harm," Dr. John Dreyzehner, TDH commissioner, said.

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