Electronic cigarette manufacturers aim to label their products as less risky than smoking.
They’re seeking a nod from the Food and Drug Administration, but if the American Dental Association has any say, they won’t get it.
The ADA recently requested that FDA consider published and ongoing research before making a decision on the request. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act gave the FDA the authority to regulate tobacco (and nicotine delivery) products, including electronic cigarettes.
The ADA Association’s Council on Scientific Affairs is preparing its own set of comments that will address the more technical and scientific topics in this area.
“The lack of published literature makes it virtually impossible to justify claims that these products are somehow less harmful to the oral cavity than combustible tobacco products, or without other adverse effects,” said Dr. Maxine Feinberg, ADA president, and Dr. Kathleen O’Loughlin, ADA executive director, in a Dec. 5 letter sent to the FDA.