E-cig regulations not so sweet, health groups say
Butterscotch. Sour Green Apple. Gummy bear. Bubble gum. While you could find these flavors on a trip to the candy store, they’re also available as flavors for e-cigarettes. That has public health groups worried about legislation that they say would weaken federal regulation of such products.
“Our organizations urge rejection of language included in a U.S. House appropriations bill that would significantly limit the Food and Drug Administration's ability to protect our nation's children from flavored cigars and e-cigarettes now on the market, including e-cigarettes with flavors such as gummy bear and cotton candy,” says a statement issued last week by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and American Lung Association. “Rarely has Congress so blatantly put the special interests of the tobacco industry above the health of America’s kids,” the groups said.
They’re referring to a spending bill that passed out of a committee that would prevent the FDA from requiring pre-market reviews of e-cigarettes that already are on the market, according to The Associated Press. Supporters of the legislation say a pre-market review takes a long time, costs a lot and could drive companies out of business. All this comes as the use of e-cigarettes by young people has exploded.
Read more about the legislation and the possible effects in the full AP story here.