What is an Electronic Cigarette?
Electronic Cigarettes—or e-cigarettes—are designed to offer nicotine vapor to adult smokers and vapers without burning tobacco. A typical e-cigarette is a battery-powered device with a heating element and a cartridge filled with a liquid solution. When in use, the heating element vaporizes the liquid solution.
When an e-cigarette is inhaled, it delivers nicotine, provides a flavor and a physical sensation similar to that of inhaled tobacco smoke. An e-cigarette produces vapor instead of smoke because the e-cigarette does not actually burn tobacco. That’s why using an e-cigarette is often called “vaping” instead of “smoking.”
Citizens for Tobacco Rights supports reasonable regulations on e-cigarettes that do not restrict adults’ ability to purchase and use the products they prefer. For example, CTR supports efforts to establish state minimum age purchase laws where they don’t exist today.
The FDA has announced that it will soon extend comprehensive regulatory authority over e-cigarettes based on its authority to regulate tobacco products under the Family Smoking Preventions and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA). The FDA’s comprehensive regulation could cover issues ranging from manufacturing, to marketing and sales, to product quality.
Some state and local governments are considering instituting unreasonable e-cigarette taxes and restrictions before the regulations mandated by the FDA. Citizens for Tobacco Rights believes overreaching legislation and unreasonable regulation by state and local governments are unfair, especially toward adults choosing to use a legal product. Learn more about the legislation we believe is reasonable and which ones we believe go too far in limiting adult tobacco consumers’ choices.
Citizens for Tobacco Rights will continue to monitor developments across the country on this issue and, as always, will keep you informed and let you know when it’s time to speak out and say – Enough is Enough – against overreaching legislation or unreasonable regulations.