State AGs urge stricter e-cig regulations: Report

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Twenty-nine state attorneys general have urged the Food and Drug Administration to impose stricter regulations on electronic cigarettes, similar to those of traditional cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Representing states that include California, New York and Illinois, the AGs submitted a 33-page letter to the administration on Friday.

"While the proposed rule addresses some of our concerns, it fails to address matters of particular concern, such as characterizing flavors, the marketing of e-cigarettes, and the sale of tobacco products over the Internet,'' the group said, according to the WSJ report.

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The fast-growing vapor nicotine industry is projected to surpass $2 billion this year, according to industry specialists.

Tobacco firms and public health advocates are debating the impacts of using the devices as the public comment period for the FDA's regulations winds down.

The FDA proposed to ban the sale of e-cigs to minors in April and will begin reviewing the more than 75,000 comments posted on federal platform when the period closes on Friday.

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