Unproven Claims


A cross-disciplinary team of Ohio State researchers has discovered that e-cigarette manufacturers are making health claims that likely won't stand up to new Food and Drug Administration regulations.

As many Americans reach for electronic cigarettes in place of  — or in addition to — traditional smokes, they’re likely encountering a lot of unproven claims that the new products are safer and can help smokers quit.

And up until recently, the Food and Drug Administration had little authority over that.

Research from The Ohio State University experts from the College of Public Health and the Moritz College of Law highlighted how common these health claims are and found that many wouldn’t likely stand up to recently announced FDA regulation.

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About The Ohio State University College of Public Health

The Ohio State University College of Public Health is a leader in educating students, creating new knowledge through research, and improving the livelihoods and well-being of people in Ohio and beyond.  The College’s divisions include biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health behavior and health promotion, and health services management and policy.   It is ranked 19th among all colleges of public health in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, and also includes the top 10-ranked MHA degree program.  The College provides leadership and expertise for Ohio and the world through its Center for Health Outcomes, Policy and Evaluation Studies (HOPES), Center for Public Health Practice, and the NCI-funded Center of Excellence in Regulatory Tobacco Science (CERTS).