Big Tobacco Warns Against E-Cig Use On Labels

Posted By: Staff | Oct 30 2014

Big Tobacco has started producing e-cigarettes, but they are trying to look health conscious at the same time.  The warning labels on several of these products (all created by big tobacco companies like Reynold’s American and Altria) have very strong wording and warnings.  Some of these labels include phrases like: “Nicotine is addictive and habit forming, and is very toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, or if swallowed.” and that people shouldn’t use the products “who have an unstable heart condition, high blood pressure, or diabetes; or persons who are at risk for heart disease or are taking medicine for depression or asthma.”  The warning labels also state that e-cigarettes are not intended to aid in quitting smoking, but are an independent product.
These statements may appear to be coming from companies who are trying to help people by giving them information upfront and honestly.  But, along with many others, we suspect that these statements are really intended to fend off legal issues and insulate the companies from regulation and further investigation.  The truth is, these companies have been selling tobacco products that have been killing 50% of their customers for decades.  While these labels and warnings are great, they are not actual deterrents for most users.  These products are dangerous to the health of those who use them, and now even the companies making them are admitting that.

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