Here’s something you don’t see everyday: tobacco manufacturers warning their clients about the hazards of nicotine.
The New York Times recently released a story about several cigarette companies issuing strong warnings about the adverse health effects — of e-cigarettes. Tobacco manufacturer Altria, which produces the popular Marlboro brand of cigarettes, has placed a comprehensive statement of health hazards on the packaging label of its MarkTen e-cigarettes. Here are some of the provisions in the product alert:
- “This product is not a smoking cessations product and has not been tested as such.”
- It cannot be used by “children, women who are pregnant or breast feeding, or persons with or at risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or taking medicine for depression or asthma.”
- “Nicotine is addictive and habit forming, and it is very toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, or if swallowed.”
The warning goes on to detail the various dangers of nicotine on human health: “can increase your heart rate and blood pressure and cause dizziness, nausea, and stomach pain.”
Stanford School of Medicine professor Dr. Robert K. Jackler believes that the product warning was issued for reasons other than keeping the e-cigarette customer’s health in check. “Is this part of a noble effort for the betterment of public health, or a cynical business strategy? I suspect the latter,” Jackler stated.
The idea of electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation method has been disproven by a recent study that said these products don’t help cancer patients quit the vice.