House Members Henry Waxman, Tom Harkin and Peter Welch are asking State Attorney Generals to classify e-cigs as cigarettes so they fall under the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA.)
The main reason cited is using the MSA provisions to prevent advertising and marketing of e-cigs – particularly to youth and children.
They cite a recent CDC study which indicates an emerging trend of e-cigs use by youth and children which could serve as a gateway product to nicotine addiction.
While efforts to restrict tobacco access and use to adults only is laudable – this initiative misses the point.
Many E-cigs have nicotine- but not all. And if they don’t, they are technically not cigarettes nor any other type of tobaco product.
The judicial system will uphold this point and any US attempts to regulate non-tobacco e-cigs will fail – irrespective of whether it is under the MSA or FDA.
What’s your opinion??
Moreover the issue of youth smoking and prevention is more complicated than this….
Why do youth and chidren experiment with tobacco products (cigarettes) and now it appears e-cigs??
Is it accurate that e-cig use leads to cigarette use as implied by CDC?
And is it such a bad thing that e-cig use is being used as a substitute for actual cigarette use??
Post your views and let’s open a dialogue….