Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging the FDA to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to teens.
The battery operated alternative to regular cigarettes works by heating liquid nicotine and turning it into a vapor to be inhaled by the user. The issue is a growing problem among teens, as reports say use by teenagers is up. Madigan spokesperson Natalie Bauer said that the AG is concerned.
“We’re seeing a big rise in the number of teens and children who are using e-cigarettes. The Centers for Disease and Prevention put out a servey showing from 2011-2012 the percentages of young people who have tried or use e-cigarettes doubled.”
Also, there is very little regulation of them, said Bauer.
“E-cigarette manufacturers and advertisers are significantly targeting younger consumers, primarely teens, with ads and marketing tactics, convincing them that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to tabacco.”
Attorney General Madigan and her counterparts in 39 others states are asking the FDA to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, and to enact strict rules about the ingredients in the product and how they can be marketed.