Sen. Durbin calls for e-cig marketing regulations


CHICAGO -- A new report from Congress says electronic cigarette marketing underscores the need to regulate the fast-growing industry.

Illinois' senior Senator Dick Durbin will discuss that report Monday morning, highlighting several issues like an array of flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, the lack of age restrictions, and no uniform warning labels.

Durbin and U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman of California investigated the distribution, sale, and marketing of e-cigarettes to youth with nine other Democrats.

Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that heat a nicotine solution and create vapor that's inhaled.

A 2009 law gave the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco products. The agency first said it planned to assert authority over e-cigarettes in 2011 but has yet to do so.

Durbin and Waxman recently called on the FDA to expand regulation over tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

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