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Regulating e-cigarettes

Monroe County, N.Y.   Longtime smoker Mark Landon said, Everything tastes better I don't cough in the morning.

Landon spent over four decades as a smoker and struggled to quit, until he tried e-cigarettes.

I can still perform the act of smoking I can still inhale something, said Landon.

As a longtime owner of a tobacco store Landon changed his tune after his success with e-cigarettes.

He opened Village Vape in Webster selling primarily e-cigarettes.

I wanted to get people my age and older, said Landon, who have struggled with smoking to try this because it's worked for me and it's worked for some people I know so why not.

E-cigarettes run on batteries, give people the feel of smoking, nicotine included, but are not FDA approved.

Forty attorneys general, including New York's, are asking the FDA to step in and regulate them.

They're worried about unknown health risks.

They also suspect more kids are trying e-cigarettes and, in turn, becoming addicted to nicotine.

My concern with e-cigarettes long term is that I don't know what the concern is with e-cigarettes long term, said Louis Papa, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Rochester.

Even though e-cigarettes are helping people quit smoking, Papa said they need to be regulated just like Nicotine patches and inhalers.

I don't see the downside in trying to regulate these compounds, said Landon. Make sure what you're inhaling is safe especially because there are a lot of kids inhaling this especially as a first form of nicotine and they're staying on them.

Across town in Greece, Three Days Vapor Lounge sells to people 18 and older and gear their product to helping smokers quit.

Eric Quartaro who works at the lounge fears regulations could raise the price of e-cigarettes.

It could destroy businesses, and if it's even more money people might just go back to cigarettes, said Quartaro.

In the letter from the forty attorneys general to the FDA it asks them to regular e-cigarettes like they regulate tobacco products.

They're also asking for advertising of the e-cigarettes to change.

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Washington Times