Durbin calls for tighter e-cigarette regulations

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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.




1 Comment

  • concernedforkids

    Those numbers probably would match the same amount bid kids who used to smoke tobacco if everyou told the truth including the kids. I would like to hear/see a comparison / difference on health of both tobacco smoking and ecigs. they both contain nicotine but tobacco smoke contains other substances in causing tobacco? Soooo how bout it. Ecigs are the Only thing I ever used that worked for smoking cessation. Only! !

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