E- CIGS: FDA Proposal Could Harm Industry

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On Thursday, the FDA proposed regulations governing the highly controversial electronic cigarettes.

Owner of Central Iowa Electronic Cigarettes, Corey Halfhill, says the industry is flourishing.

“In a year and a half, we`ve been able open a total of 3 stores and it’s been a quickly growing industry.”

Halfhill says the industry’s’ target audience is people over the age of 30. The store prohibits selling products to minors, a step ahead of what the FDA proposed earlier this week.

In February, the Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill that mirrors the FDA’s proposal.

Representative Chip Baltimore says the bill limited the sale of e – cigarettes to minors and restricted which stores could sell the products. The bill must pass the through the Senate to be considered for the Governor’s signature.

Politicians, store owners and activists all agree on keeping consumers safe. However, store owners and activists fear the FDA will over - regulate vaping flavors and vaping devices.

Consumer Advocates for Smoke Free Alternatives, President, Julie Woesnner, says too many regulations will threaten the future of small local vape shops.

“What’s going to happen is a lot of the companies simply aren`t going to do comply to regulations because of financial reasons they are going to limit their options,” says Woessner.

Halfhill fears the regulations could sway vapers back towards the tobacco industry.

“If they take the flavors away they may feel it’s their need to go back to cigarettes.”


  • Dawn W.

    I don’t smoke, never have. But for those that do, I’d rather they smoked the e-cigs than real ones… at least they’re not “stinky” like real cigs.

  • former smoker

    I smoked for a long time, not heavily, 5-10 cigarettes a day as compared to people who smoke 2-4 packs a day (I believe it was 20 cigs /pack).

    I agree about the smell. Even as a smoker, I didn’t like the way it left my hair and clothes smelling.

    I would like to see some regulation on this though. Nicotine is still addictive. some articles say that the liquid nicotine can be dangerous if absorbed because you get such a high dose of it. I guess you can absorb it through your skin.

    I don’t see a problem with the flavors and all. they sell flavored cigarillos, my sister loves the grape and peach!

    I think you should have to be 18 to buy this just like tobacco. I don’t see how that is a big deal.

  • Troy Hendrickson

    All this is, is a prelude to a tax grab.

    Funny though, Mr. Baltimore is the kind of hypocrite that rails against medical cannabis while remaing silent as the state promotes and subsidizes alcohol abuse. At least he admitted he’s a hypocrite.

  • Michele

    I was able to quit smoking after 20 years. Heard people on GMA saying fruit flavors target kids. Just not true. They were saying when do you see an adult wanting a strawberry cigarette. As I walked past the tv with strawberry vap.

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