Schumer: E-Cigarette Manufacturers Targeting Children

Apr 26, 2015

Sen. Charles Schumer says the manufacturers of e-cigarettes should be prohibited from marketing to children and creating flavors that he says are designed to appeal to kids.

The New York Democrat says Sunday that the same marketing restrictions that apply to traditional tobacco products should be expanded to cover e-cigarettes.

He cited a recent report indicating that while traditional tobacco use is down among teens, the use of e-cigarettes is up.

The senator says e-cigarette makers are trying to attract young customers with flavors like gummy bear, chocolate and bubble gum.

The Food and Drug Administration issued proposed regulations for e-cigarettes last year but has not yet implemented them. Schumer says there's no need for further delay.

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