State should regulate e-cigarettes while awaiting tougher action from FDA

July 8, 2014 4:11 AM

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State should regulate e-cigarettes while awaiting tougher action from FDA

With R.J. Reynolds going nationwide with its Vuse e-cigarette, and Altria planning to put its own MarkTen on shelves later this year, Big Tobacco is now fully engaged in the electronic cigarette business. That’s proof that the Food and Drug Administration waited too long to produce regulations on a fast-growing industry that FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg herself describes as the “wild, wild West.”

Unfortunately, the proposed regulations announced this spring fail to address some of the problems of inhaling vaporized liquid nicotine, the process behind e-cigarettes. The nicotine vapor is intended to help smokers quit tobacco, but many anti-smoking advocates believe it can have the opposite eff...

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