Forty state attorneys general sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to regulate electronic cigarettes to address their marketing, ingredients and sale to minors. The FDA has set a deadline of Oct. 31 to issue proposals to regulate the devices, known as e-cigarettes. But the agency has delayed action in the past.
The letter urges the FDA to rein in marketing of e-cigarettes, which has grown as the demand for such smokeless products has climbed. Some advertising contains cartoons, a marketing method that has been banned for makers of traditional cigarettes because it could appeal to children, the letter said. Some e-cigarettes also contain fruit and candy flavors, such as gummy bear and bubble gum, that appeal to young people.
— Staff and wire reports