Regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco
Tobacco marketers long targeted children to groom the next generation of smokers, a lesson not lost on developers of e-cigarettes.
Just as lawmakers and federal regulators finally outlawed marketing tobacco to children, they should ensure that the same regulations are applied to e-cigarettes.
Originally devised to help tobacco smokers quit, e-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that deliver doses of nicotine - the addictive substance in tobacco - in aerosol puffs containing various flavors rather than in smoke. They deliver the addictive substance without the carcinogenic and otherwise harmful substances in the smoke.