New Jersey assemblywoman wants to limit electronic (e) cigarettes..

October 6, 2009 - New Jersey State Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Bergen) says she wants to limit electronic cigarettes like the real thing.

State Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Begen) said she is concerned that e-cigarettes are being marketed to children because they offer flavors like chocolate, banana and strawberry.

The Democrat from Paramus intends to introduce a bill in the Legislature subjecting them to the same restrictions as pipes and regular cigarettes.

E-cigarettes look like the real thing but don't contain tobacco. They employ a metal tube with a battery that heats up a nicotine solution. Users breathe in the resulting vapor.

Wagner's bill would prohibit their use in public places and workplaces.

The FDA “has already declared that electronic cigarettes are subject to FDA approval as a drug or medical device, much like nicotine patches, gum and inhalers — and therefore they are illegal until they are cleared,” and has stated that electronic cigarettes are “unapproved new drugs and/or misbranded drugs or devices,” and appear “to be a combination drug-device product that requires pre-approval, registration and listing with FDA.” ("Smoking Everywhere", an electronic cigarettes retailer sued..)

Reference: N.J. assemblywoman seeks sale restrictions for e-cigarettes, by The Associated Press, 10/6/2009.



October 20, 2009 at 7:37 AM

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