Keep E-Cigs Out of Public Buildings

At least until more research is done: 'LA Times'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
File photo of a smoker holding an electronic cigarette.   (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(Newser) – The FDA is expected to propose some regulations on electronic cigarettes this month, and lawmakers in California and elsewhere are considering their own rules as well. The problem, say the editors at the Los Angeles Times, is that while e-cigs seem less dangerous than regular cigarettes in a number of ways, there's still much we don't know about them. And until we do, it's better to be safe than sorry.

"Because of the scientific concerns raised about the safety of secondhand vapor, the prudent course for now would be to keep them out of public buildings, restaurants and the like," they write. The FDA should also stop manufacturers from putting out e-cigs with flavors like bubble-gum and cherry, because while much about e-cigs is uncertain, the editors say one thing is not—we shouldn't encourage minors to develop the habit. Click for the full column. (Read more e-cigarettes stories.)

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