Maryland Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler has sent letters to 10 manufacturers of electronic cigarettes, asking for warning labels on the liquid nicotine refills or “e-juice” refills that smokers of theses devices use.
He is also asking manufacturers to stop selling liquid nicotine in flavors that might be attractive to kids.
In his letters sent Monday, Gansler cites figures from the Centers for Disease Control which show a spike in calls to poison control centers related to people who have ingested liquid nicotine.
Gansler also says that some manufacturers sell e-cigarette liquid in flavors such as bubble gum and cotton candy that might be attractive to kids.
One retailer, Mark Raab, told WBAL Radio that electronic cigarettes already can’t be sold to minors and that his store checks IDs.
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Raab said the flavors of liquid nicotine is designed to attract adult users, noting that electronic cigarettes are considered to be a safer form of nicotine compared to tobacco cigarettes. He says many of his customers have used e-cigarettes as a way to quit inhaling nicotine entirely.
Raab also believes that there should be some regulation of the product he sells, but e-cigarettes should not be regulated like tobacco products.
I’m honestly surprised there hasn’t bee a proposal for a total ban on e-cigarettes. The only reason a total ban for electronic or regular cigarettes is unlikely is because that would prevent the Maryland Democrats from doing wha they’re best at – levying and raising taxes.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.