Saturday, August 24, 2013

Editorial: Rational policy for e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes The growing popularityof e-cigarettes raises two issues for policymakers — one of them simple, the other more complicated.
E-cigarettes serve up nicotine extract in a vaporized form, cooking it without burning it. They deliver the same nicotine fix that comes from cigarettes, with the same smoking-like activity longtime smokers find so pleasurable, but there is no tobacco, no burning – and no smoke. A light vapor may be visible coming from users’ mouths, but it is odorless and, while there hasn’t been sufficient research to declare it harmless, its chemical composition bears no resemblance to secondhand smoke.

The first issue they pose involves the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, which is currently legal under state law.