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Anti-E-Cigarette Campaigners Demand Ad Regulation, Shout Down Pro-Vaping Advocate

By Guy Bentley – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has launched a withering assault on the e-cigarette industry, claiming the sector is targeting children and teenagers with advertising. That assault calls on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to step in and investigate the practices of e-cigarette advertising.

“The same companies that peddled ‘Joe Camel’ and similar, kid-friendly images to an earlier generation are back with new ad strategies that appear to target e-cigarettes just as explicitly toward children and teens, with little or no regard for any potential health impacts,” he wrote.

Stringer focused much of his energy attacking sweet flavors, which critics claim appeal to children. Although e-cigarettes are illegal for anyone younger than 18, vaping use tripled among middle and high school students from 2013 to 2014.

Along with public advocate Letitia James, Stringer made the comments at an anti-e-cigarette marketing rally with parents and anti-vaping activists in attendance. The harsh and accusatory tone of the rally was consequently challenged by Jeff Stier of the National Center for Public Policy Research.

“E-cigarettes are a free market solution to the problem of smoking because people are willfully switching from a very harmful product to dramatically less harmful products,” Stier told CBS New York on Sunday.

When Stier tried to offer his point of view to journalists after the rally he was for a time drowned out by the chants of anti-vaping activists.


A study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy found there is no link between e-cigarette advertising and the rapidly growing number of young vapers. (RELATED: Study Contradicts CDC Director: E-Cigarette Ads Are Not Related To Teen Vaping)

The research team tracked whether noticing e-cigarette ads was associated with taking up vaping, and concluded “this association was not significant, including when adjusting for all control variables. Noticing e-cigarette advertisement was similarly not associated with starting current use of e-cigarettes between baseline and follow-up.”

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Feds Propose First E-Cigarette Regulation



The e-cigarettes and the e-cigarette business are booming, so now the federal governments is looking to impose regulations.

The proposed regulations including requiring approval for new products and health warning labels. The federal government also wants to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors nationwide. Currently cities and states prohibit the sale of tobacco products to minors.

According to The Blaze, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration said the proposal sets a foundation for regulating the products but the rules don’t immediately ban the wide array of flavors of e-cigarettes, curb marketing on places like TV or set product standards.

Any further rules “will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits,” Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said.

Once finalized, the agency could propose more restrictions on e-cigarettes.

An e-cigarette can look very similar to a traditional cigarette. It heats a liquid nicotine solution instead of burning tobacco. The device creates vapor that a user inhales and then exhales the water vapor.

Smokers like e-cigarettes because the nicotine-infused vapor looks like smoke but doesn’t contain the thousands of chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Some smokers use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking tobacco or to cut down. But, there’s not much scientific evidence showing e-cigarettes help smokers quit or smoke less, and it’s unclear how safe they are.

Members of Congress and public health groups have raised concerns over e-cigarettes and questioned their marketing tactics as well at their safety.

“When finalized [the proposal] would result in significant public health benefits, including through reducing sales to youth, helping to correct consumer misconceptions, preventing misleading health claims and preventing new products from entering the market without scientific review by FDA,” said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.

Your thoughts: Is this another example of how government stifles creative innovation? Is this another attempt by Big Tobacco to use the government to eliminate competition? Is the government doing the right thing by regulating this new product?

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