E-cig sellers jockey for market position before FDA issues regulations
The MTA’s law regarding smoking seems even less suited to cover e-cigarettes: No person on or in any facility or conveyance shall 2. smoke or carry an open flame or lighted match, cigar, cigarette, pipe or torch; A story in the New York Post erroneously reports that the LIRR’s justification for the ban comes from a 2011 extension of state smoking laws to exclude smoking from “public means of mass transportation,” but under that law, “smoking” is defined as “the burning of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco.” The LIRR’s interpretation of the smoking statute was prompted by a letter from the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council, which cited “a number of public and private inquires” regarding e-cigs on the LIRR. An LIRR spokesman told us that the agency has not received any complaints about e-cigs, nor have they documented any incidents in which people were ticketed for using them.
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Regulatory concerns go beyond the chemical background of the product. Even if e-cigarettes are shown to be less toxic than cigarettes, there are social implications to consider, the authors pointed out. The acceptance and prevalence of smoking a hand-held device may promote and renormalize the use of cigarettes, electronic or not. Nonsmokers may start smoking e-cigarettes before moving on to real ones, and the simultaneous use of both products could postpone or entirely hinder a smoker’s quitting efforts.
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FDA faces important decisions on regulation of e-cigarettes
2 tobacco company Reynolds American is entering the e-cigarette market, rolling out its Vuse line in Colorado this month. The company plans to advertise Vuse on TV as it tries to build share in a tight market. to advertise on TV,” said David Howard, spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Vapor, the subsidiary selling Vuse.
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