Illinois Senator Calling for Strict Regulation of E-Cigs

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Jacksonville - E-cigarettes are becoming more and more popular among smokers, especially young smokers.

"In the last two years, the percentage of high school students using E-cigarettes has doubled from five to ten percent," Illinois Senator Dick Durbin told WAND News.

Durbin, and others, are worried that E-cigarette companies are targeting kids and teenagers with their products.

"Overwhelmingly, these products, these e-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, are appealing to children, to young people.  First, they market them in flavors that adults aren't likely to buy.  Cherry crush, chocolate treat, bubblegum, all of these flavors are designed to lure kids into this product," said Durbin.

Durbin added that there is still very little known about the effects of E-cigarettes on the body, and that is major concern lawmakers have.

"These products are addictive.  It is an electronic means of delivering nicotine to the user.  That capsule of this drug, nicotine, is itself dangerous."

Now Durbin and other lawmakers are calling for the FDA to regulate E-cigarettes to the same standard as tobacco products.

Durbin said,"it has to be watched, and how it's manufactured.  Secondly, a nicotine addiction is not a good thing for anybody, let alone a child.  So we can't let the E-cigarette industry take a little turn around the law here and ignore their obvious responsibility when it comes to our children."

E-cigarettes have also drawn the attention of state reps and senators as well with several pieces of legislation waiting to see action.

 

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