Missouri should treat e-cigarettes the same as other tobacco products – STLtoday.com

We have entered a whole new age for tobacco products, and e-cigarettes are the latest product to hit store shelves. Although tobacco companies are selling them, they resemble cigarettes and the Food and Drug Administration has authority to regulate them as tobacco products, the tobacco industry is working to ensure that e-cigarettes are given special treatment.

The Missouri Senate is currently considering SB 841, which has the potential to exempt e-cigarettes from our state’s existing tobacco control policies, and could prevent e-cigarettes from being regulated in the future, even if they are found to be dangerous.

The e-cigarette industry wants people to believe that e-cigarettes are completely safe to use, but this is not necessarily the case. Many e-cigs contain the same harmful and toxic ingredients as traditional cigarettes, and have the potential to be just as addictive. Until significant scientific research is completed, our legislators should treat e-cigarettes the same as other tobacco products.

Although it is important to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of children and teens, we do not need lengthy bill language that undermines our existing tobacco laws, and could prevent our state from being able to regulate electronic smoking devices in the future. Rather than giving e-cigarettes special treatment in state statute, the Senate should amend SB 841 to include e-cigarettes in Missouri’s current definition of tobacco products.

Karen McKay  •  Florissant

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Volunteer

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