On Thursday, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. House Bill 1264 is one of three bills addressing e-cigarettes this session.
At the same time, the Food and Drug Administration issued proposed guidelines for e-cigarettes. The proposal is the first step to regulating the industry that, so far, has had very little.
The guidelines include banning e-cigarette sells to minors, registering all product ingredients with the FDA for approval and no free samples to customers.
Cameron Kelly manages the local e-cigarette store Smokecignals, and has been a user- or vaper as it's called- for a year. His store already follows most of the proposed regulations, including no sales to minors and strict controls over their house made liquid nicotine mixtures. He believes the guidelines will help keep users safe by setting an industry standard.
"It's about holding people accountable and having reputable vendors being the people on the forefront," said Kelly.
For example, Kelly explains that liquid nicotine can be purchased online at various concentrations with little or no regulation. Nicotine in its purest form is a poison.
"You don't want somebody who has no idea of how to measure something, putting something that could be potentially dangerous into your body without any sort of regulation," said Kelly.
One thing the regulations do not address, are the flavors available in e-cigs. Some worry that flavors will appeal to kids, and open the gate for nicotine addiction. Kelly disagrees.
"People think we're going after children when in fact adults like snowballs too. So, why can't we have our nicotine delivered in a way including 208 different flavors?"
The proposed FDA regulations will be open for public comment for 75 days. For more information, click here.
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