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Wicomico County Health Department: FDA Should Regulate E-cigarettes

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SALISBURY, Md.- Cracking down on the growing market for electronic cigarettes is the goal of a major national organization urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the product. 

The push came in a letter earlier this week from the National Association of Attorneys.

That list includes attorneys general of Maryland and Delaware, but not Virginia.

"I see a lot of people using them to stay addicted until they can outside and have a regular cigarette," said Jennifer Johnson, the Wicomico County Health Department's tobacco prevention coordinator.

She added that it is about time the FDA gets involved in regulating how these nicotine products that look like cigarettes are marketed especially to minors.

"it is not FDA approved it makes it very hard because we don't know exactly what's in it," Johnson said.

Johnson said the companies responsible for making these devices are the ones that need to be checked. 

She said many of those companies advertise the E-Cig to smokers young and old as a flavorful alternative to quitting the real deal. 

"Here at the health department, we are already enforcing that people cannot use that in our building," Johnson said.
Trey Kleman of Salisbury has been a smoker since he was 19. He said the E-cigs are a better alternative for him, especially when he's in a public place.

Kleman said the newest push by some attorneys general is OK with him as long as it doesn't go too far.

"I don't think being over regulated to the extent where it is infringing on my right to buy an E-cigarette or to buy cigarettes is right at all," Kleman said.

Seth Mitchell said he's in between opinions when it comes to government possibly stepping in.

"If someone is picking up an E-cigarette and they think it's a healthy thing as opposed to the alternative of lesser of the two evils then I do think the government to some degree needs to go in there and look at it," Mitchell said, "now if what's in the alternative is relatively safe then maybe that doesn't apply and doesn't perhaps appear to be a drug."

According to Attorney General Doug Gansler's office, in Maryland it is illegal to  sell, distribute or offer an E-cig to a minor.


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