The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules to restrict the use of increasingly popular electronic cigarettes which release water vapor instead of smoke from burning tobacco. The new rules would restrict sales to minors; the distribution of free samples and unrestricted availability in vending machines plus requirements that all ingredients be identified, including addictive nicotine. ‘E-cigs’ use a tube and a li-ion battery to heat water vapor and a liquid flavoring solution containing nicotine. Current research shows it is safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, but long term use has not been studied. The industry went to court to block an earlier FDA regulatory effort. Manufacturers offer flavors considered appealing for youth and they also advertise.
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