CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to place restrictions on the advertising and ingredients of the popular product and prohibit its sale to minors.
In a bipartisan letter co-sponsored by Massachusetts Attorney Martha Coakley and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and joined by 38 other Attorneys General, AG Masto urges the FDA to take all available measures to regulate e-cigarettes as “tobacco products” under the Tobacco Control Act.
E-cigarettes are battery operated products that heat liquid nicotine, derived from tobacco plants, into a vapor that is inhaled by the user. E-cigarette manufacturers are using marketing tactics similar to those big tobacco used in the last 50 to 100 years to attract new smokers.
State Attorneys General have fought for years to protect people from the dangers of tobacco products. In 1998, the attorneys general of 52 states (including Nevada), and territories signed a landmark agreement with the four largest tobacco companies in the United States to recover billions of dollars in costs associated with smoking-related illnesses, and restrict cigarette advertising to prevent youth smoking.