To Vape or Not to Vape: The E-Cigarette Question
Updated: Wednesday, May 14 2014, 06:52 PM EDT
While some businesses worry about the economy, one new industry is booming, offering an alternative to conventional cigarettes. But as more turn to e-cigarettes, the FDA is now considering new regulations on the industry, concerned about the nicotine levels.
Users of e-cigarettes inhale, triggering a heating coil which warms up liquid nicotine in a plastic filter, resulting in a nicotine-filled vapor.
Statistics show that the use of e-cigarettes for middle and high schoolers has doubled in the past year.
Now the FDA wants to prohibit people under 18 from buying them, a law that Maryland already has in place. Maryland State's Attorney General Doug Gansler is asking manufacturers to stop marketing their product to kids.
"You're putting papa smurf flavor bubble gum flavor, you're trying to attract young people to smoking, Gansler said. "You can't market towards children you can't target children and you at least have to have the right labeling like you do for cigarettes."
Adam Fordham, of The Vapory, argues that adults like the flavors too.
"The fact that the flavors are nice," Fordham said. "Candy or bubblegum or something; I don't know how that goes to a child."
Research into electronic cigarettes is still underway. Besides the age restrictions on purchasing electronic cigarettes, the FDA also wants to mandate manufacturers list the ingredients included in all e-cigarette products.