E-Cigarettes: Science vs. Culture

By Natalie Abruzzo

Electronic cigarettes have saturated the market in the last few years. These alternatives to traditional cigarettes are so popular that shops dedicated to selling the devices and the flavored liquids used to smoke them are popping up all over New York City. There’s only one problem. The health effects of e-cigarettes are unknown.

On April 24th, the Federal Drug Administration proposed rules to extend its authority to new types of tobacco products – including electronic cigarettes. If the rules are adopted, they would include companies having to submit product and ingredient listings; end all new tobacco product marketing; prevent any misleading health claims without prior scientific review by the FDA; and free samples would be a thing of the past.

The Happy Elephant Vaping Company in West Brighton, Staten Island makes and sells its own brand of electronic cigarette liquid flavors.  Polar Ice is the most popular flavor.  Photo by Natalie Abruzzo

The Happy Elephant Vaping Company in West Brighton, Staten Island makes and sells its own brand of electronic cigarette liquid flavors. Polar Ice is the most popular flavor. Photo by Natalie Abruzzo