Senate Bill Would Restrict E-Cigarette Marketing to Children and Teens
February 27, 2014~ For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been trying to decide what to do about e-cigarettes’”the electronic gadgets that vaporize nicotine, a process promoters say produces a healthier way of ingesting nicotine. Apparently tired of waiting on the FDA, five U.S. Senators today introduced the “Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act” to prohibit the marketing of e-cigs to children and teens. “We cannot risk undoing decades of progress in reducing youth smoking by allowing e-cigarette makers to target our kids,” Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said. “This bill will help protect our children from an industry that profits from addiction.”State and local jusidictions have also been stepping into the void left by the lack of action by the FDA. Earlier this week, a committee of the Los Angeles city council passed a measure that would treat e-cigs like tobacco cigarettes and subject them to the same restrictions. Before leaving office last year, ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill outlawing e-cigs and plastic plates.
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