The FDA Taking Another Stab At Cracking Down On E-Cigarettes

The FDA is taking another stab at cracking down on e-cigarettes.

Right now the FDA only has regulatory authority over cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco.

The overall feeling is that the FDA does need to regulate in some way, but the main concern for those who sell electronic cigarettes is they do not want e-cigs put in the same regulatory category as tobacco products.  

Vape-Head owner Greg Todd said the FDA should regulate the liquid used in e-cigs.

He said most liquid providers already use FDA approved ingredients and use a seal to indicate that, but there are some in the industry that do not.  

The FDA is asking for some very specific things.

One big major one is age restrictions.

The FDA doesn't want this peoduct sold to people under the age of 18.

Vape-Head' Assistant Manager Justin Hyndshaw said he agreed with this proposal but disagrees with the critics that say flavors should also be banned because they are targeted towards minors.

"They are saying that it is drawing closer to kids because of all the flavors, well you can go to Walmart and look at their vodka selection and they have gummy bears or mountain dew or hawaiian punch," said Hyndshaw.

The FDA is also asking for a warning label about the potential addiction of nicotine.

Todd said there are warning labels on the liquid but they don't specifically say that nicotine is addicting like cigarette packs do.

One regulation the FDA is proposing is to ban samples. Some critics think that a regulation is fine, but there are some samples that don't contain any nicotine, so why ban those as well.

E-cig detractors argued that you can become addicted to the nicotine vapor in the liquid.

Advocates said e-cigs only contain 4 chemicals whereas cigarettes have 4,000 including tar and the vapor offers a healthier alternative.

Jennifer Maxey said she had been smoking for 25 years and was up to two packs a day before she tried e-cigs three years ago.

She said her body feels better since making the switch.

"I knew I had to quit and I was up to two packs a day and since the first day on everything just changed," said Maxey.