Democrats Press for E-Cigarette Regulations
Posted at 3:30 p.m. on July 23
Kyle Stamm of New York smokes an e-cigarette at Henley Vaporium on April 29 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
A group of senators has ramped up concerns about the safety of electronic cigarettes.
CQ Roll Call’s Melissa Attias reports that the Democrats, who previously focused on the children’s health concerns related to e-cigarette flavorings, are now focusing on new legislation that seeks to target the packaging containing the liquid that fuels e-cigarettes.
The Food and Drug Administration in April issued proposed rules seeking comments on extending its authority to cover e-cigarettes, but the rule proposal does not address poisonings from liquid nicotine — which are particularly dangerous for children.
This week, Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro wrote to the FDA urging the agency to finalize e-cigarette regulations.
Earlier this year, Roll Call’s Hannah Hess wrote about pressure from Sen. Richard J. Durbin and others to ban vaping in Senate buildings.