According to the FDA, some e-cigarettes have been marketed as smoking-cessation aids, but there's no scientific evidence that they help people quit smoking.
Thomas Kiklas, president of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, an industry group, said e-cigarettes should be regulated in the same way that real ones are, but the FDA has so far not proposed any regulation. A federal court ruled in 2010 that e-cigarettes could not be regulated as a drug or therapeutic device, but could be regulated by the FDA as a tobacco product, he said.
"It is the position of the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association that electronic cigarettes are a tobacco product and, as such, all sales by retailers adhere to all state, local and federal laws/codes pertaining to sales of tobacco products to minors," Kiklas said. "Electronic cigarettes should not be sold or marketed to minors."
For more on quitting smoking, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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