Hood joins in call for tough rules on e-cigarettes



JACKSON (AP) — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined 39 other attorneys general in urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way it regulates tobacco products.

Hood says in a news release Wednesday that the FDA should place restrictions on the advertising and ingredients of the popular, highly-addictive product, and prohibit its sale to minors.

Hood says unlike traditional tobacco products, there are no federal age restrictions to prevent children from obtaining e-cigarettes.

Hood says e-cigarette manufacturers are using marketing tactics similar to those big tobacco used in the last 50 to 100 years to attract new smokers. He says celebrity endorsements, television advertising, cartoons, fruit flavors, attractive packaging and cheap prices all serve to encourage youth consumption of these dangerous products.

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  • Rob

    That’s a load of crap and he knows it. There is no legitimate reason to regulate e-cigarettes. None. The industry and users (vapers, as they’re colloquially called) are self-policing, and do not need to be regulated to keep the practice safe. No one, and I mean NO ONE, is doing ANYTHING to encourage youth to use personal vaporizers or consume nicotine. The vaping community as a whole does everything it can to dissuade youth from e-cigarettes, nearly universally having been smokers themselves, and largely still in the grip of nicotine addiction (harmless, but an addiction nonetheless). Vaping is saving countless lives from the ravages of tobacco, usually where numerous other methods have failed. Unnecessary regulations will increase cost and decrease access, ultimately dissuading people from giving up tobacco and costing lives that otherwise could be saved. But if it’s the problem the good Mr. Hood exclaims it is, in dire need of government interference, then he should have no problem whatsoever producing one single individual who has developed a nicotine addiction from e-cigarettes, by clever marketing targeted at children or otherwise. Seeing as it’s a problem needing immediate government intervention, these individuals should be as plentiful as sands on the beach. Well Mr. Hood? Just one. Let’s meet him/her.

    Just. ONE.

    Put up or shut up. This is America. You have to PROVE need for regulations before enacting regulations. Prove it, or sit your butt down and mind your own business.