Awaiting FDA, states pursue their own e-cigarette rules
Those are just two of the flavors available to consumers of electronic cigarettes. The product looks like a cigarette, but it delivers nicotine in the form of water vapor. They are different enough from regular cigarettes that existing federal and state laws didn’t cover them, setting up a race to impose new regulations — and they’re becoming big business for tobacco companies that have seen sales flag elsewhere.
Legislators in dozens of states are facing three questions when they consider regulations: Who should be able to use the product? How should the product be taxed? And what, exactly, is it in the first place?