More than one million teens have said they have tried electronic cigarettes. That is why 40 Attorneys General, including Lisa Madigan, have signed a letter to the Food and Drug Administration. They want e-cigarettes regulated the same as tobacco products.
E-cigarettes have no advertisement restrictions, and state leaders say they target children through cartoon-like advertising during primetime TV hours. It has led to a surge in sales. They are marketed as a safe alternative, but state leaders say they're highly addictive. Smokers like Champaign resident Timothy Tobias agree.
"I find I'm smoking twice as many as I did before, just because I feel the nicotine I was putting in my body was still causing the addiction to fester. Now, here I am smoking more than I was before. I still want to quit, but it's even more impossible."
E-cigarettes contain nicotine, without the chemicals, tar or odor of regular cigarettes. Attorneys General want the FDA to make regulations on e-cigarettes by the end of October.
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