Will E-Cigarettes Go Up In Smoke?

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Spike Babaian

Electronic cigarettes are now largely un-regulated, but now the Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules for how they are approved for sale and marketed to consumers. The FDA is proposing that e-cigarettes be treated similarly to regular cigarettes.

Spike Babaian, co-owner of Vape New York on the Lower East Side, spent the morning reading the more than 200 pages of proposed rules. She said her customers are worried.

“We've had a lot of people come in and say I've heard that these things are gonna be banned, I heard that we can't get them anymore, I heard that they're dangerous,” Babaian said.

Babaian said the new rules for e-cigarettes go too far, because they would regulate the makers of e-cigarette devices, not just the makers of nicotine liquid. E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to users through a heated vapor, rather than tobacco smoke.

Next week, New York City's ban on "vaping" indoors takes effect.