Bill would be enforced independent of FDA regulations
WASHINGTON — Despite admitting that the health implications of electronic cigarettes “are not yet clear,” five Democrats introduced a bill on Wednesday that could limit or outright ban the segments’ ability to market the new products.
U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D.-Calif.), Dick Durbin (D.-Ill.), Tom Harkin (D.-Iowa), Richard Blumenthal (D.-Conn.), and Edward Markey (D.-Mass.) proposed the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act, which would permit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to determine what constitutes marketing e-cigarettes to children, and would allow the FTC to work with states’ attorneys general to enforce the ban.