New congressional report presses for e-cigarette regulation

E-cigarettes have been put under scrutiny lately as anti-tobacco groups press for regulations and labeling similar to those for regular cigarettes as more information is discovered about their negative health effects.

By Aileen Graef

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- A new congressional report released Monday says concerns highlight the need to regulate the fast-growing electronic cigarette market.

The Democrats' report, “Gateway to Addiction? A Survey of Popular Electronic Cigarette Manufacturers and Marketing to Youth,” surveyed eight e-cigarette companies. Lawmakers describe the different flavors and marketing that appeal to young people and the lack of age restrictions and warning labels, saying the companies prey on children just as traditional tobacco companies once did.


A law was passed in 2009 giving the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products but they have yet to do so with e-cigarettes. The FDA regulation proposal was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget in October, and is still under review.


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