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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Government Report On E-Cigarettes

E-cigarette regulations are moving at a snail's pace and many health experts in the field are worried that a lack of response may encourage young people to develop unhealthy views about the devices. A new government report shows that young people are being targeted by the makers of E-cigarettes, according to The New York Times.

Health experts have mixed opinions about E-cigarettes, some believe they are a healthier alternative to tobacco and could help people quit, while others believe that E-cigarettes will encourage young people to start smoking regular cigarettes.

An investigation, overseen by 11 Democratic members of the U.S. House and Senate, has shown that makers of E-cigarettes are giving out free samples at music and sporting events, they are also advertising over the radio and television during programs aimed at young people, according to the report. Lawmakers hope that the new report will encourage the FDA, forcing the agency to pass regulations more quickly.

Eight major e-cigarette companies took a survey for the government report. Every one of them had given away free samples, and six said they had sponsored events. As many as 348 events featured free samples and sponsorship in 2012 and 2013, according to the report.

The government report into e-cigarettes was led by Representative Henry Waxman of California with Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, Waxman said in a news release, “E-cigarette makers are starting to prey on kids, just like the big tobacco companies. With over a million youth now using e-cigarettes, FDA needs to act without further delay to stop the companies from marketing their addictive products to children.”
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