Electronic Cigarettes Importers Confront FDA

Electronic cigarettes, more commonly referred to as E cigarette devices, are cigarette alternatives where in instead of burning tobacco, it vaporizes nicotine in small amounts and provides you with the same smoking experience while avoiding all the adverse health risks associated with tobacco smoke inhalation.

One of the more reliable electronic cigarettes have been first made available in 2004 by a Chinese company called Ruyan which is now well-known for manufacturing good quality electric cigarettes.

Tobacco cigarettes contain carcinogenic substances such as ammonia, carbon monoxide, acetone, tar, hydrogen cyanide and many other hazardous chemicals. On the other hand, although they contain little quantities of nicotine, electronic cigarettes contain none of the mentioned carcinogenic compounds. It just requires led, an atomizer, cartridge and battery and you’re all set. Now, which one would you prefer?

E cigarettes consist of an atomizer that heats and vaporize nicotine in liquid form upon inhalation. The vaporized nicotine takes on a harmless, odorless and non-offensive smoke allowing you to smoke in parks, bars, restaurants and even in the workplace without restriction.

The vaporized nicotine produces the desired nicotine hit that satisfies the smoker just like any tobacco cigarette can. It also has an LED light at its tip that glows when the user inhales, making it look and feel more like a real cigarette.

The Food and Drug Administration confiscated electronic cigarettes since 2008 because they consider them illegal devices.

In response, E cigarette importers such as Sottera Inc. and Smoking Everywhere Inc. insisted that FDA does not have the right to seize shipments of E cigarettes, due to a 2000 Supreme Court ruling claiming that FDA does not have the capability to properly regulate electronic cigarettes as drugs or devices.

Richard J. Leon, the lower court judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, gave an injunction that prohibited the FDA from restricting imports of E cigarettes. Leon further claimed that there is no significant threat to the health associated with its use. As a direct opposition, FDA insisted that electronic cigarettes still contained nicotine that is toxic and addictive.

As a result, a panel of three judges from the U.S. District Court temporarily put the court ruling on hold so that they will have more time to analyze FDA’S assertions

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