Critics of vaping are demanding regulatory action that would go far beyond current efforts to ban e-cig sales to minors under 18
By Michael McCord
One of the more eye-opening national television commercials of late shows a man using an e-cigarette in public and proclaiming his right to exercise his “free will.”
It’s stunning because by law there has been no cigarette advertising on television for more than four decades. But electronic cigarettes reside in a proverbial Wild West of no regulation and no special taxation because they aren’t cigarettes. They are nicotine delivery devices and they exude water vapor instead of tobacco smoke.
There was more controversy during the recent Golden Globe award ceremonies when television cameras focused on celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as they took drags from their e-cigarettes.
Critics of vaping are demanding regulatory action that would go far beyond current efforts to ban e-cig sales to minors under 18, the type of law the New Hampshire Legislature passed in 2010.In other words, the e-cigarette activity known as “vaping“ has become increasingly popular. And e-cigarette makers have ramped up marketing and lobbying efforts as the Food and Drug Administration considers imposing e-cig regulations.