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FDA to propose regulations for e-cigarettes

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As the popularity of e-cigarettes continues to grow across the nation, lawmakers are racing to impose new regulations to cover them.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been studying the potential health risks associated with "vaping." Now they are ready to release some proposed rules by the end of November that address how and where e-cigarettes can be sold.

The smokeless device heats liquid nicotine to create an inhalable water vapor. They're different enough from regular cigarettes that there are not many rules to govern them.

Specifics of the FDA proposal have not been released, but Brad Adams, co-owner of Tastefull Vapes in Columbus, believes the regulation of ingredients and the mixing process should be a top priority. "Anybody can get raw product to make the liquid that we put in these, but not everybody should be able to sell it, if you will. If you don't know what you're doing you could probably cause somebody some health problems... You can't just throw it together and get what you're looking for. it changes over the course of a few days. It has an aging period like wine and so if you do it improperly it comes out wrong."

The American Lung Association has expressed concern about e-cigarettes after a 2009FDA study found toxic cancer-causing chemicals in several e-cigarettes on the market. Some local doctors said they do not recommend using them because there is no guarantee what id in them.

Many local and state governments have already established some restrictions on the product. In Alabama, sales are prohibited to people under 18-years-old. Georgia lawmakers are expected to take-up legislation next year for the same thing.

Right now e-cigarettes account for one percent of U.S. cigarette sales. Experts expect the demand for them to surpass traditional smokes over the next decade.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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