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Will E-Cigarettes Go Up In Smoke?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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.

 

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I think it's sad that coverage and interviews have been saying that E-cigarette "e-juice" manufacturers have been using the same tactics as tobacco companies, of recruiting under-age users by offering of candy or fruity flavors. It's true that tobacco companies may have had the intent of getting children hooked and there may be a select few e-juice manufacturers that have malevolent intent. With that said, I'm an adult, why can't I have a nice-tasting e-cig after a meal, or with my morning coffee? Why does my e-cig have to taste disgusting? The fact is those fruit/candy/dessert flavored e-juices taste wonderful and relax me after a long hard day. I'd argue that some beers, and all wine/wine cooler varieties are marketed towards kids because you can get them with all kinds of fruity flavors when you think about it. You can even buy whipped-cream flavored vodka (and the reverse). I understand these questions need to be asked until enough research and consensus has been done, but if you're a smoker and trying to quit, do what I did. Read tons of reviews, talk to as many people as you can who have successfully switched/quit (won't be hard to find), and do it. The nice interview earlier talked about "anecdotal evidence" pointing towards the ability to quit the nicotine habit with e-cigs. The fact is I know far more people, dozens and dozens of friends, family, and coworkers who have not only found it possible to quit, but found it exciting and enjoyable to try something new that was close enough, and then quit after weening the nic levels down.

Apr. 24 2014 06:02 PM

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