e-cigarette manufacturers lobbying their way out of regulation


Vox reports on the lack of regulation for e-cigarettes:

Electronic cigarette companies are quietly winning the war on regulation by successfully lobbying state legislatures to exclude them from tobacco control laws.

Public health officials and smoke-free advocates say industry-sponsored bills have the veneer of public health—with provisions about banning sales to minors—but avoid the more stringent rules other tobacco products must abide by.

“These are Trojan Horse bills that look good but leave gaping holes in public health regulations,” said Vince Willmore of Tobacco Free Kids. “They result in different penalties and enforcement from regular tobacco products, they exempt e-cigarettes from being included in smoke-free air laws, and some exempt manufacturers from state taxes as well.