U.S. Attorneys General press FDA for tougher e-cigarette rules

By Bernard Vaughan NEW YORK (Reuters) – Attorneys general from 29 U.S. states urged the Food and Drug Administration on Friday to strengthen its proposed regulation on electronic cigarettes to better protect young people from nicotine addiction. In a letter, attorneys general from states including New York, Illinois, Indiana and Massachusetts asked the FDA to prohibit flavors other than tobacco and menthol, and to restrict advertising and marketing for e-cigarettes as strictly as it does for cigarettes, according to a press release from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. In April, the FDA proposed rules that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. “While we applaud the FDA’s proposal to start regulating these tobacco products, it falls far short of what is needed to protect our youth,” Schneiderman said.

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