FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2014 file photo, a smoker demonstrates an e-cigarette in Wichita Falls, Texas. Soon, the Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes. The rules will have big implications for a fast-growing industry and its legions of customers. (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey, File)
Should E-Cigarettes Fall Under Clean Indoor Air Act?
Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Senate Health Committee panel heard testimony from health experts saying that the nicotine liquid and the vapor the e-cigarettes produce could potentially be hazardous to a consumer's health.
One of them was Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Doctor Andrew Hyland, who says e-cigarettes contain levels of formaldehyde and a chemical used in weed killers. "These are levels not quite as high as from a conventional cigarette, however, these are dangerous toxic chemicals," says Hyland.
When it comes to the Clean Air Act, "The spirit of that is to provide clean air for workers, and our work is showing e-cigarette emissions are unsafe," notes Hyland. "It's definitely within the scope of the act. In 2003, e-cigarettes weren't around, but it makes sense now to review that policy."
Hyland says he and other researchers are also looking to see how people are using e-cigarettes, whether young people are using them or are longtime smokers using them to quit.