States Urge Tougher Curbs on E-Cigarettes
More than two dozen state attorneys general urged the Food and Drug Administration on Friday to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes, including prohibiting television advertising and banning the wide variety of candy and fruit flavors that have helped make e-cigarettes popular.
Such curbs would be far tougher than those proposed in April by the FDA. At the time, the agency said it planned to prohibit the sale of the battery-powered devices to anyone under age 18 but stopped short of proposing restrictions on advertising, online sales and flavored e-cigarettes.
"While the Proposed Rule addresses some of our concerns, it fails to address matters of particular concern, such as characterizing flavors, the marketing of e-cigarettes, and the sale of tobacco products over the Internet," a group of 29 attorneys general from states including California, New York and Illinois wrote in a 33-page letter submitted to the FDA on Friday.
E-cigarettes turn nicotine-laced liquid into a vapor and represent a small but fast-growing alternative to traditional smokes in the $100 billion U.S. tobacco industry. U.S. sales of e-cigarettes could top $2 billion this year, up from zero less than a decade ago, according to industry estimates.
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