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October 8, 2015

Democrats Press for E-Cigarette Regulations

New E-Cigarette Regulations Go Into Effect In New York City And Chicago

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.


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  1. bsetrader

    July 23, 2014
    5:16 p.m.

    What we are seeing here is a new form of flat earth health policy and witch hunt hysteria with e cigarettes. To claim that after being on the market for over 5 years that enough clinical studies and data do not exist to determine the harm of long term exposure to e cigarettes is just not credible. Studies have been done by the UK Health Ministry and Epidemiology departments of various universities worldwide. The health research findings do not support the pharmaceutical industry and the ANTZ(anti-nicotine tobacco zealots) groups rationale for driving regulations to force e cigarettes off the market. Fearing what you do not understand and attacking what you fear is not a legally or morally justified mode of policy making or human behavior, but this is precisely the paradigm being pursued by the FDA, JNJ and Glaxo-Smith Klein(NRT supplements that do not work), and the health advocacy groups.

  2. Jim

    July 24, 2014
    12:09 p.m.

    “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.”

    In seven years of ecigarette use in the U.S., there have been no deaths from accidental nicotine poisoning. None. What would inspire your reporter to make that statement, other than lazy reporting? Why did he not compare the number of poisonings to those caused by analgesics, cosmetics, liquor and cleaning products? Why is the press being complicit in this fight against what is turning out to be the only effective challenge to cigarette use ever?

    • Todrick

      Aug. 21, 2014
      12:54 p.m.

      More kids have been poisoned by Toothpaste than eLiquid.

      That doesn’t make for sensational story telling.

  3. maddison rebecca

    July 25, 2014
    12:25 a.m.

    I literally like the fact that the A group of senators has ramped up concerns about the safety of electronic cigarettes. Its good that the people are concerned about the e-cigarettes and are using them along.

  4. Fr. Jack Kearney

    July 26, 2014
    12:34 p.m.

    As Bill Maher might say, this is something that makes me embarrassed to be a liberal. E-cigs have been proven to be relatively safe and a very effective tool for smoking cessation, and all politicians should be handing them out, not trying to stop them. They are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

    • Todrick

      Aug. 21, 2014
      12:50 p.m.

      If someone opposes eCigs, they support smoking.

      Simple as that.

  5. Ben Wallace

    July 27, 2014
    12:55 p.m.

    Of course the Democrats are pushing for E-Cigarette regulations. Where do you think tobacco is grown?

  6. Ken Anderson

    Aug. 21, 2014
    10:55 a.m.

    I just don’t see why they want me to die from smoking. I honestly don’t see any religious text stating that I must smoke and die, or live a life free of freedoms.

  7. moflicky

    Aug. 21, 2014
    11 a.m.

    The presumed targets of these senators are the “big e-cig corporations”, but the irony is that the proposed FDA regulations would stunt innovation in a promising smoking cessation product and crush a blossoming industry that provides small business jobs nationwide, consolidating that industry into the hands of those few large corporations who can afford the onerous and restrictive regulatory barriers put in place – namely the tobacco corporations flooding the market with cheap, tasteless and ineffective gas station cigalike e-cigs. Worse, they intend to make vaping harder to do than smoking and that would be a public health disaster of epic proportions.

  8. Amy R. Nelson

    Oct. 28, 2014
    6:58 a.m.

    A pharmacist in China designed the electronic cigarette, and actually he also was
    a chain smoker. His father died of lung cancer and he wanted to quit smoking,
    and discovered an amazing item, the E-cigarette.

  9. Steven Jones

    June 10
    1:05 a.m.

    Ecigs are safe according on how will you use!

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