In Regulating E-Cigarettes, No Easy Fix For The FDA

From: Health Affairs (Blog)

by Wendy Parmet

[Health Affairs] Editor’s note: This post is part of a series stemming from the Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review event held at Harvard Law School on Friday, January 30, 2015. The conference brought together leading experts to review major developments in health law over the previous year, and preview what is to come. A full agenda and links to video recordings of the panels are here.

Boom In E-Cigarettes Sparks Calls For Regulation

From: Chemical & Engineering News

As more and more people try out vaping, researchers race to weigh health risks and benefits

By Britt E. Erickson


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New surgeon general should prescribe scientific honesty on e-cigarettes

From: American Enterprise Institute

Early last week, the nation’s new Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said health officials are “in desperate need of clarity” on electronic cigarettes to help guide policies. The technology should be embraced, he said, if evidence shows e-cigarettes are able to help those who otherwise have trouble quitting smoking.

Dr. Murthy is right to ask for more evidence – though the fact that e-cigarette vapor contains no deadly tar is reason enough to encourage smokers to switch if other methods have failed them. But the most urgent need is for an honest discussion; this is nearly impossible as the drum beat of disinformation seems to be getting louder.