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E-Cigarette Regulation: Unintended Consequences

After missing an October deadline, the FDA is set to release it’s regulatory intentions for electronic cigarettes this month.

Regulations of electronic cigarettes are expected to be a top priority for states and cities in 2014. But some of the new laws being considered — bans on use in public places like restaurants and bars, and high sin taxes — are based on the assumption that electronic cigarettes, battery powered devices that produce a nicotine vapor, are exactly like the real thing. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, the thinking goes, it must be a duck.

Many points and arguments are made by prominent figures in the electronic cigarette industry including John Hartigan, proprietor of Vapeology LA, Miguel Martin, the president of LOGIC Technology and Craig Weiss, the CEO of the Arizona-based manufacturer NJOY.