40 state attorney generals urging FDA to regulate e-cigarettes
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Nevada's attorney general is getting behind the fight to regulate electronic cigarettes.
Catherine Cortez Masto and 39 other attorney generals are urging the Food and Drug Administration to handle e-cigarettes the same way that it does tobacco products.
A letter sent by the AG's to the FDA on Tuesday says that the e-cigarettes are being marketing to children through cartoon-live advertising characters. The e-cigarettes are also offered in fruit and candy flavors, which may appeal to younger users.
They are claiming advertisers are portraying them as safe alternatives to traditional cigarettes. But some e-cigarettes do contain nicotine, which can be addictive.
E-cigarettes are metal or plastic battery-powered devices that look like traditional cigarettes. The devices heat a liquid solution, creating a vapor that users inhale.
Users can still get nicotine without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes.
The AG's also claimed in the letter that e-cigarettes have not be adequately studied and the ingredients are not regulated.
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 1.8 million middle and high school students said they had tried e-cigarettes in 2012.
The letter urged the FDA to meet an Oct. 31 deadline to issue proposed regulations for advertising, ingredients and sale to minors of e-cigarettes.