NV Attorney General urges FDA to regulate e-cigarettes
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Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Maston joined 39 other attorneys general this week in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes by meeting the FDA's own deadline of Oct. 31.
The group has sent a letter highlighting the addictive dangers of e-cigarettes, especially when they are not regulated like other tobacco products.
Currently, there are no federal age restrictions preventing children from obtaining e-cigarettes. There are also no advertising restrictions.
The state attorneys say e-cigarettes have an immediate, highly addictive bio-chemical effect on the brain and that they are being marketed to children with cartoon advertising campaigns and candy flavorings.
The letter also includes data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that e-cigarette use among high school students doubled last year with one in ten students reporting that they had tried the product in the past year.