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States Push FDA To Regulate E-Cigarettes

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was asked by states Attorneys General to meet an Oct. 31 deadline to issue proposed regulations for e-cigs. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration was asked by states Attorneys General to meet an Oct. 31 deadline to issue proposed regulations for e-cigs.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

Jeremy Porter used to be a smoker, but after seeing his grandmother die from lung cancer, he wanted to quit.

“I tried the patches and the gum,” says Porter, “and nothing seemed to work for me."

Porter then discovered electronic cigarettes.

E-cigs are metal or plastic battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating a vapor that users inhale.

“It is just overall a better experience and better quality of life with it,” Porter said.

Vaping is portrayed as a safe alternative to smoking because it contains no tobacco. However, lawmakers say more studies are needed.

“It is still an emerging product so-to-speak, but culturally and socially it is becoming a ‘cool thing’ to do,” says Executive Director Carol Reeves for Greenville Family Partnership that works to children from using tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

Reeves is hoping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will meet an Oct. 31 deadline to issue proposed regulations for electronic cigarettes that will set guidelines for advertising, ingredients and sale to minors of e-cigarettes.

Earlier this year, both South Carolina and North Carolina approved laws that keep e-cigarettes out of minor’s hands. Until then, anyone could buy them because they weren’t classified as tobacco products.

“They are advertised as you can use them where you can't light up,” says Reeves.

Reeves is still worried e-cigs will become popular with minors, like they have with former smokers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.8 million middle and high school students said they have tried e-cigarettes in 2012.

Industry analysts estimate sales for electronic cigarettes could reach $1 billion worldwide.

The owner of Vapor Realm in Greer which sells electronic cigarettes says he is not against federal regulations. Although, he doesn't’t want the FDA to classify the popular tobacco substitute its traditional counterpart.

The other states and territories joining the letter to the FDA are: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Washington, and Wyoming.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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