US health watchdog to take legal action against e-cigarette makers

The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is filing a suit against e-cigarette manufacturers in California. CEH, a health watchdog, says tests it had conducted on popular brands of e-cigarettes showed the majority contained cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde.

CEH found that nearly 90% of the companies had at least one brand that produced high levels of one or both of the cancer-causing chemicals formaldehyde and acetaldehyde that violated California’s safety standards.

Proponents of e-cigarette claim they are safer than regular cigarettes and can help smokers quit, however there is concern about the safety of e-cigarettes and lack of evidence on their efficacy.  Major tobacco companies also own e-cigarette companies and there is a big concern that vaping renormalizes smoking.

“For decades, the tobacco industry mounted a campaign of lies about cigarettes, and now these same companies claim that their e-cigarettes are harmless,” said Michael Green, executive director of CEH.  “Anyone who thinks that vaping is harmless needs to know that our testing unequivocally shows that it’s not safe to vape.”

In the ASEAN region, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and Brunei have banned sales of e-cigarettes. Malaysia and Indonesia are considering legislation to regulate e-cigarettes. They should pay close attention to the trend in the region. This is especially significant in the light of recent findings and legal action in California.
Report on E-cigarettes in Asia