Madigan Urges FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes, Ban Sales to Minors

CHICAGO -- Attorney General Lisa Madigan today urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and to regulate ingredients and advertising of the popular and highly addictive products.

In a letter to the FDA, Madigan joined with 39 other attorneys general to call on the agency to take all available measures to regulate e-cigarettes as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act. E-cigarettes, an increasingly popular product among youth and adults, are battery-operated products that heat liquid nicotine, turning it into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.

Unlike traditional tobacco products, there are no federal age restrictions that would prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes. Madigan and her counterparts urged the FDA to act to protect teens and children from becoming addicted to nicotine, citing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey that showed the percentages of youth who have tried or currently use e-cigarettes roughly doubled from 2011 to 2012. The survey estimated that in 2012 nearly 1.8 million middle and high school students had tried e-cigarettes.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General, nicotine is highly addictive and has immediate bio-chemical effects on the brain and body at any dosage, and is toxic in high doses. The lack of regulation of e-cigarettes puts youth at risk of developing a lifelong addiction to a potentially dangerous product that could also act as a gateway to using other tobacco products.

To read Madigan's letter to the FDA, please click on the link below.

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