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E-Cigarettes Targeted by FDA Regulations


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9/30/2013
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Smoking is increasingly becoming more taboo than ever - with more research showing the harmful effects of even second hand smoke, people are trying to quit at high rates.  However, quitting presents its own challenges, and companies are trying to enter the market by creating products that make quitting easier, or provide an "alternative" that means consumers can continue their "smoking" habit.  E-cigarettes are one of the most popular alternatives, boasting nicotine vapor that is "less harmful."  This product is widely available, and there are no federal restrictions on the age of consumers who can purchase them.  Vermont's Attorney General, William Sorrell, is taking matters into his own hands by penning a letter signed by 38 other Attorneys General directed at the FDA.  The letter implores the agency to regulate e-cigarettes as they do all other "tobacco products," preventing minors from easily accessing them.  The letter also requests the FDA restrict advertising and regulate the ingredients, which are highly addictive.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that between 2011 and 2012, youths who have tried or use e-cigarettes doubled.  Due to the current lack of regulations on this product, consumers are exposed to unknown ingredients and chemicals that may prove very harmful.



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