E-cigarettes and Adult Tobacco Consumers

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, and 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, Citizens for Tobacco Rights supports fully restricting the sale of all e-cigarettes to underage individuals, as well as strict enforcement of these restrictions by state and municipal authorities.

The FDA has extended 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 covers issues ranging from manufacturing, to marketing and sales, to product quality.

Some state and local governments have instituted unreasonable e-cigarette taxes and restrictions, while other state and local governments are considering further regulations and taxes. 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.

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