Don't exempt e-cigarette products from FDA or tobacco standards

The e-cigarette industry claims vaping is a better alternative to regular cigarettes because electronic cigarettes contain smaller doses of toxins.

As a physician, I can assure you that inhaling chemicals is hazardous to your health regardless of whether they’re in fumes, flames, vapor or smoke. Despite industry efforts to distinguish vaping from smoking, nicotine is still a drug and carcinogens are still toxic.

Federal legislation recently introduced by Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) proposes to eliminate oversight of e-cigarettes by exempting them from tobacco regulations and not requiring FDA approval for the e-cigarette liquid or the vaporizer device.

Instead, the industry would establish its own manufacturing standards. I disagree with this and strongly oppose all attempts to exempt e-cigarette products from FDA standards or tobacco regulations.
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