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Doctors' Call for Vaping Regulations May Rekindle Indiana Debate

Friday, November 6, 2015  
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The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling for tighter regulation of e-cigarettes.

 

In the journal Pediatrics, the AAP calls for a couple of steps Indiana has already taken, making e-cigarettes off limits to minors and requiring that e-liquid cartridges be tamper-proof.

 

Many vape shop owners accepted those regulations. But they successfully fought provisions which are part of the pediatricians' group's recommendations: expanding smoking bans to cover vaping, and taxing and regulating vaping in the same way as traditional cigarettes.

 

Vape-shop owners and anti-smoking advocates agree it's still unclear whether vaping poses a health risk. But Cravinvapes CEO Shawn Anderson, who owns shops in Fort Wayne, Auburn and Goshen, says there's no compelling reason to restrict a product that's not been shown to be dangerous, and says a British study found no evidence that it is.

 

Brianna Herndon with the Cancer Action Network says traditional tobacco is by far the greater threat, but argues regulators should err on the side of caution. She says the vapor from e-cigarettes contains cancer-causing chemicals.

 

And Herndon argues vaping poses a two-pronged threat to the progress in reducing smoking rates. She contends vaping threatens to restore social acceptability to public smoking. And she echoes the AAP in warning that e-cigarette advertising is heavily and effectively aimed at teenagers. She says e-cigarette use among Indiana teenagers has increased more than ninefold. Read more

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