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FDA should regulate e-cigarettes, 40 state attorney generals say

electronic-cigarettesBy Shan Li, Los Angeles Times

Forty state attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to regulate electronic cigarettes to address their marketing, ingredients and sale to minors.

The FDA has set a deadline of Oct. 31 to issue proposals to regulate the devices,  known as e-cigarettes. But the agency has delayed action in the past.

The letter urges the FDA to rein in marketing of e-cigarettes, which has grown as the demand for such smokeless products have climbed. Some advertising containing cartoons  targets children, a marketing method that has been banned for makers of traditional cigarettes, the letter said. Some e-cigarettes contain fruit and candy flavors such as gummy bear and bubble gum that appeal to young people.

Ohio Atty. Gen. Mike DeWine, a co-sponsor of  the letter, asked the FDA to regulate e-cigarettes like other tobacco products.

“Unlike traditional tobacco products, there are no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes, nor are there any advertising restrictions,” DeWine said in a statement.

Electronic cigarettes  deliver an experience similar to standard cigarettes by heating liquid nicotine in a disposable cartridge and producing a vapor that can be inhaled. Smokers can buy additional cartridges, often at cheaper prices than traditional cigarettes.

Traditional cigarette makers are venturing into these smokeless alternatives to  their traditional business. Tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. launched its first e-cigarette earlier this year amid a slump in sales of its classic Marlboro brand.

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4 comments

  • Shelley Burkhart Hollick

    Mind Ur own damn business which brand of cigarette we buy, worry more the “Alcohol” that’s killed so many people.. it really is none of your business except your worried about how much money Ur loosing…people R quitting with the ” e/cigarettes” & with the help of the other brands..

  • NAVYTOWN

    Obviously the FDA is more worried about the small minority of e-cig users than the MILLIONS who harm their health every day by smoking traditional cigarettes.

  • Xuven

    The only thing the government cares about is tax revenue that is lost from people switching from real cigarettes about $1 per pack fed tax and $3 WA state tax plus sales tax 6.5% state + local sales tax …. Besides don't we have enough regulations already, do we really need more?

  • Gary

    These ecigs saved my life. My left lung was starting to throb with inner pain after smoking for 16 years. I was a smoker of hand rolled unfiltered cigs at that. I switched to ecigs and quit in one day with instant success. Id tried everything in the past to quit with absoultly no success. I can now run again, breath in deep with no gurgle, and no more pain in my lungs. I can smell things better, taste food better, and do hard work without giving out of breath so quick. The liquid I use in my vaporizer is 100 percent VG, so all there is in it is a vegetable base, nicotin, and flavoring. All you breath in/exhale is vapor not smoke, so not only am I helping myself but no longer am I putting out second hand smoke and a foul odor. I feel like a new person. Now, instead of cigarettes being my problem its become an overbearing government that wants to take this away from me and others. They want to regulate it they say but we know what that means, tax it out of affordability, ban it outright because its new and scares them, or/and ban online purchasing so only the big tobbaco companies can sell the nic liquids (at super high prices like they do now). The only thing needed is an age restriction on it which I believe has already been put in place here in NC. Every vendor ive ever seen already wont sell to minors anyway. As for the crap I here about flavors enticing children and teens into starting a new habit (although the vast majority of ecig users are ex-smokers). As an adult am I not allowed to enjoy flavors too? Why must I only like regular or menthol (which is a flavor). Another thing thats not being conveyed to these people (not that they care) is that you cant take flavors away from ecigs without destroying the entire industry. Unlike tobacco cigs they dont have a flavor naturally. If you ban flavors you ban ecigs. They would taste like nothing without flavors and I and most ecig users would eventually switch back to the much more harmful tobacco cigarettes, costing the government tons more in user health issues. Hands off my ecigs, im not hurting anyone including myself and even if I am, isnt that my choice what I do to my own body? Dont I deserve to make my own life decisions? Do I not have freedom here? Dont ban my life saving device, and dont tax it to kingdom come, I shouldnt have to pay more in taxes than everyone else because someone doesnt agree with my lifestyle…. Come on guys… Try to remember what country were supposed to be living in.