FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Monday, November 18, 2013
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Attorney General Addresses FDA to Consider Limited Regulation on E-Cigarettes for
Minors Under Age 18
PIERRE, S.D - Attorney General Marty Jackley has joined 41 other Attorney’s General in asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address E-Cigarettes advertising and sale to minors under the age of 18.
“Currently, there are no age or advertising restrictions on E-Cigarettes as there are with traditional tobacco products,” said Jackley. “My concern as Attorney General is focused on placing limitations for use of E-Cigarettes by minors under the age of 18 and addressing the facilitation of illegal drug ingestion. The issues of taxation, application to smoking bans, and any further regulation of E-Cigarettes should be addressed by our state legislature and local governments.”
E-Cigarettes are battery-operated products designed to deliver nicotine to the user by heating liquid nicotine, derived from tobacco plants, along with flavors and other chemicals, into a vapor that the user inhales. An “open” E-Cigarette system has the unintended consequence of allowing the user to substitute illegal substances for nicotine without tamper resistant protection. A “closed” E-Cigarette system is designed to be tamper resistant preventing use of illegal drug ingestion.