Amazon.com stopped selling electronic cigarettes

The major online store Amazon.com reported to cease up sales of electronic cigarettes on its website. The decision came up as a result of massive criticism from multiple public health organizations, which warned the owners of internet retailer about possible legal actions for simplifying the access to a product that was declared toxic and hazardous for health by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA experts as well revealed the results of the laboratory analysis of electronic cigarettes, showing the devices to contain carcinogens and other toxic substances in the liquid from the cartridges inside them.

amazon has stopped e-cigs sales

After the experts had announced the results of the tests, various health organizations, led by Action on Smoking and Health began calling on the FDA to outlaw the electronic cigarettes and warned wholesalers about their legal liability of selling poisonous products on the legal basis.

Recently, after getting a notification of possible lawsuits from the coalition of public health organizations, popular social network Facebook prohibited advertisements of e-cigs and PayPal reportedly took measures to crack down sales of the devices.

In addition, several countries around the globe prohibited distribution and even possession of electronic cigarettes. Among such countries are Australia, Taipei, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Israel and Brazil. In August, Oregon became the first US state to ban e-cigarettes, with its steps followed by Connecticut, where the Attorney General filled a lawsuit against distributors of these products.

Currently, California lawmakers are also considering implementation of the ban on e-cigarettes, that could create a chain-reaction for other states, as anti-smoking advocates hope. Many shopping centers, where the electronic cigarettes have been selling, began demanding a quality certificates and liability insurance; whereas the Washington Supreme Court is likely to issue a decision that would uphold prohibition of the importations of e-cigs into the United States.

According to the reports, the administration of Amazon.com has started notifying the merchants about the ban by means of the following letters: “We have banned the distributions of the devises known as electronic cigarettes, components for these devises and products of similar kind. A complete list of products banned from our sites can be found in the attachment for this letter. Amazon.com has the right to delete any product we consider to be inappropriate or illicit for Amazon.com. We are sending this message because we have determined that you are distributing a product we consider to be inappropriate for our site. For additional information, please visit the Inappropriate Products section. To avoid the locking of your account, please avoid listing the prohibited products on our site.”

Electronic cigarettes represent probable jeopardy to consumers, to teenagers who could use the devises because of their tasty flavors, and to all other people, including those suffering from different chronic respiratory diseases and allergies, even if they don’t use the e-cigs themselves, since the devises a producing a vapor containing a mixture of nicotine, unknown chemicals and propylene glycol, which can lead to various infections of respiratory tract.

The FDA experts tested the ingredients contained in cartridges of electronic cigarettes made by leading companies in that segment. The analyses showed that liquid from the cartridges contained diethylene glycol, a toxic substance used in antifreeze and hazardous to humans. In addition other samples contained nitrosamines, chemicals known to cause cancer.

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15 Responses to Amazon.com stopped selling electronic cigarettes

  1. Joe says:

    You might want to do a little fact checking. There are no “unknown chemicals”. Propylene glycol does not lead to infections, its used in asthma inhalers and as a filler in foods you eat every day. And the DEG was trace amounts only, lower than the FDA limits of what you are allowed to eat.

    Get a clue.

  2. Joe says:

    Oh, forgot to mention – trace (detectable, but not significant enough to be measurable) amounts of DEG was found in one out of 17 cartridges.

    Try that same test with some of your foods. Up to 2% DEG is allowed (to PG content).

    Do you enjoy cake flavoring? Yup, its in there too. But hey, look ignorant on the subject if you’d like.

  3. Barney says:

    Once again another lazy so called journalist is bitter by false information.

    Please check your facts before you embarrass yourself again in the future.

  4. Kenneth says:

    You’re right, electronic cigarettes are incredibly harmful.

    I’ll just go back to smoking regular cigarettes!

  5. jake says:

    Oh no! They found a couple of random trace chemicals in these? Better ban them and stick with real cigarettes that have tons more carcinogens and cause the tobacco industry is already established and puts warnings on their boxes so it makes it ok.

  6. Jesper Jensen says:

    the anti-smoking industri are hyprcrits
    including the FDA.
    They want smokers to smoke real cigarette.
    And wants us to believe that there is no difference in toxicology b.s.

  7. Kanadian Kat says:

    “since the devises a producing a vapor containing a mixture of nicotine, unknown chemicals and propylene glycol, which can lead to various infections of respiratory tract.”

    This is the strangest thing I’ve read all week. Propylene glycol is the carrying agent used in most asthma inhalers and 1000’s of food and drug products.

    The rest of the expressed “concerns” also gave me a head shake.

    Nitrosines – yup – they are in all nicotine products (cigs, gums, inhalers, ecigs…).

    Anti-smoking advocates need to get a better education. Ecigs are not smoked – nothing burns, no tar, no 2nd hand smoke. It’s like saying their against Salmon cause it says “smoked” on the package.

  8. tom says:

    This is crazy!!! they can ban an e-cig because its ‘harmfull’ but traditional cigarettes are sold everywhere when there are thousands of people who die from smoking related diseases each year?!

  9. Mike says:

    The real reason they want the electric cigarette banned is due to the loss of revenue. The Manu cost in a pack of cigarettes anymore is the taxes, not to mention the billions they would lose is lobbyist funds, campaign funds, and the loss or revenue for the tobacco conglamorates. They could care less about your health, they prove that every day.

  10. Smokey the bear says:

    I’ve been trying out e-cigs for about two months. nothing bad yet. I will let you know if I die from them.

  11. Lol@ Smokey

    This whole thing is a scam by the FDA to over-reach again. We know that e cigs are probably not as good for you than not smoking anything. But to outlaw them is just ridiculous.

  12. Rob says:

    I second that, its nothing but a scam to cover up a great product.

  13. joe says:

    Ron Paul 2012, another reason ron paul is right

  14. Robin says:

    This is bad, lazy (or perhaps financially motivated??) journalism at its most obvious and harmful… If I was looking for info about e-cigs and I didn’t know better, this article may well put me off them for life. As a result, I might carry on smoking my infinitely MORE HARMFUL tobacco cigarettes instead… almost certainly ending my life much sooner than if I had quit by using electronic cigarettes..

    I am appalled at the level of spin this article puts on the the FDAs findings and hope that it is removed soon or updated with something resembling the truth.

  15. Robin says:

    Oh… and by the way.. Look at the “Recent Comments” box on the right.. Its a sign of desperation to be pushing cigarettes by posting pictures models smoking cigarettes to try to glamorize the cigarette..

    The cigarette is a stinking industry full of immorality, backstabbing and ruthless profiteering on the backs of often helpless and less-educated societies.

    Its time we all grew a pair and hammered the likes of Philip Morris and Altria Group out of existence – thereby extending billions of lives and making for a generally nicer place, don’t you think?

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