CHICAGO -- U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) joined doctors and health experts Monday in calling for federal regulators to get moving on tighter restrictions for e-cigarette use.
Durbin pointed to a recent report that found e-cigarette use among middle and high school students has surpassed conventional tobacco use for the first time, and that use has tripled in just one year from 2013-2014.
Durbin said the Food and Drug Administration has yet to finalize regulations that were introduced a year ago to extend its regulatory authority over unregulated tobacco products like e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco.
He said the FDA also has failed to strengthen rules to forbid the marketing of tobacco and e-products to kids.
Durbin said he plans to introduce a bill requiring e-cigarettes to be taxed at the same rate as other tobacco products.