E-Cigarettes Face New Regulations

5 years 4 months 1 week ago Saturday, May 10 2014 May 10, 2014 Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM CDT May 10, 2014 in News
By: Meredith Miller, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - E-cigarettes are facing age and health regulations from Missouri lawmakers and the FDA.

E-Cigarettes have become a growing product since 2006, and the industry made about $2 billion in sales in 2013.

The industry is not just about selling the product but also about the culture of the product. Some people who use e-cigarettes will use it as a socializing opportunity, and many vapor stores even have lounges for their customers.

The e-cigarette is a battery operated product that is shaped like a real cigarette but larger. When someone puffs the product, the air flow coming in triggers the LED light in the tube that heats up and vaporizes nicotine and substances like vegetable glycerin.

E-cigarettes are sold to be a healthy alternative to real cigarettes and help people quit smoking. The nicotine levels in the liquid can be lower or higher depending on the customer's preference, and they can choose the flavor as well.

The e-cigarettes are said to be very convenient and help hit all the addiction triggers like nicotine, the action of holding something and the vapor smoke.

While e-cigarettes are said to be healthy by some, lawmakers are still skeptical. This Missouri House passed a bill in April that restricts the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. Some stores already have this regulation in place.

"Our stores have always self-regulated and not sold to minors. We do not sell flavors that are designed to attract minors like bubblegum or candy flavors, and I think the legislation is a good thing," Jay Yeager, co-owner of Aqueous Vapors, said.

Talks about taxing these e-cigarettes also arise in the House, however, nothing regarding taxes was passed on this product. Store owners agree the tax would raise the prices, but their products are still cheaper than real cigarettes.

"It will depend on the customer and their willingness to spend, it's still going to be cheaper than cigarettes, that's all around and it's healthier so the benefit is your liveliness," Kevin Osterberger, Aqueous Vapors store manager, said.

Missouri lawmakers are not the only ones trying to regulate these products, the FDA is in the works of regulation as well.

On April 24, the FDA released a 200-page document regarding e-cigarettes, and the FDA's desire to stop the sale to minors and require health labels to be placed on the product.

Doctors and the FDA say not enough research has been done on this product to verify what store owners are saying about the benefits.

The FDA said they do not know all the risks or harmful chemicals in the product and if it really has any benefit for people wanting to quit smoking.

The FDA will have a 75 day public comment period before the regulations are put into place.

Even with the Missouri and FDA regulations, e-cigarettes are continuing to grow. Aqueous vapors have opened seven stores in the past year in mid-Missouri, and the owners do not have plans to slow down production.

(Editor's note: This story has been edited to fix spelling and grammar mistakes.)

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Flu shots are now available from the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services (PHHS). ... More >>
20 minutes ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:26:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools is implementing new rules at all middle school and high school home sporting events. ... More >>
30 minutes ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:16:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police confirm one person is dead after officers responded to an armed burglary call Wednesday afternoon. ... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 5:35:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Improvements to the Dix Road bridge over U.S. Route 50 have now been slated to begin Wednesday,... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol released the names of the child and adult found dead in Gasconade... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:39:05 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are looking for information related to a robbery early Wednesday. It happened at the Midwest Petroleum... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 2:33:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia officials are fighting back against the trend of vaping among teenagers. Columbia/Boone County Public Health and... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a pair of suspects in a... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:02:00 PM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with rape charges. Jason Boley, 40,... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 9:59:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Some new artwork is continuing to pop up and gain interest on the MU campus. So far,... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:30:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - A man with four active warrants was arrested Monday night. According to a press release from the... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, September 18 2019 Sep 18, 2019 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 6:17:00 AM CDT September 18, 2019 in News
MEXICO - Outside the Audrain County courthouse Wednesday, a group of people rallied to create awareness about pets and the... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 11:23:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Teachers, students and parents at Blue Ridge Elementary School are getting used to new security measures. Over... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 6:04:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Multiple people were trapped in elevators across MU's campus as a result of a widespread power outage Tuesday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - Police are investigating after a Walmart employee found a man dead in a car in the parking lot... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:08:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Residents are asking for road improvements after a driver hit and killed a 17-year-old girl on Clark Lane... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:46:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water flowing down the lower Missouri River this year is approaching the... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 3:39:47 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA -MU's football attendance is showing signs of revival, following years of steady decline. The Tigers' average home attendance... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, September 17 2019 Sep 17, 2019 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2:36:00 PM CDT September 17, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 89°
7pm 85°
8pm 81°
9pm 79°
10pm 78°