JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood wants the FDA to place restrictions on electronic cigarettes, and he's not alone. Hood and 40 other attorneys general sent a bipartisan letter urging the FDA to take all available measures to regulate e-cigarettes as "tobacco products" under the Tobacco Control Act.
E-cigarettes are battery operated products that heat liquid nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled by the user.
"Unlike traditional tobacco products, there are no federal age restrictions to prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes," said Attorney General Hood.
Noting the growing use of e-cigarettes, and the growing prevalence of advertising, the letter highlights the need to protect youth from becoming addicted to nicotine through these new products.
A survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows that from 2011 to 2012, the percentages of youth who have tried or currently use e-cigarettes both roughly doubled. The survey estimates that nearly 1.8 million middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes in 2012.
The attorneys general say e-cigarette manufacturers are using marketing tactics similar to those big tobacco used in the last 50 to 100 years to attract new smokers, including celebrity endorsements, television advertising, cartoons, fruit flavors, attractive packaging and cheap prices all serve to encourage youth consumption of these dangerous products.
To read the full letter from the attorneys general, visit: http://bit.ly/1fE74Kt