With the increasing popularity and sales of e-cigs many states have drafted their own legislation in absence of federal regulations concerning the industry. Minnesota is currently the only state with a sales tax directed solely at targeting electronic cigarette sales, but as the e-cigarette sales boom continues other states may follow suit.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the fastest growing segment of the e-cigarette industry is the sale of the devices called vaporizers. The upsurge in the sales of these "do-it-yourself" devices are causing headaches for the big tobacco companies. All across America small mom & pop vapor specialty shops are opening, and these shops are cramming their shelves with various flavors of e-liquid.
Fifty-three world leading scientists have written to UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Margaret Chan urging her not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products. In an open letter to the WHO, the scientists warn the health agency not to stub out electronic cigarettes. They argue that doing so would jeopardize a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking. The scientists say that e-cigarettes are "part of the solution" to worldwide tobacco addiction.
In a recent article published in Medpage Today, a retrospective analysis comparing smoking cessation initiatives found that e-cigarette devices are an effective cessation aid - more effective than use of over-the-counter nicotine replacement aids. However, some experts still have their doubts.
A representative from the Food and Drug Administration, the nation's chief regulatory agency of tobacco products, reported to Congress in a hearing last Thursday that e-cigarettes are certainly less harmful than tobacco smoking. The agency official pointed out however, that more research is needed and that regulation is still in order for the electronic cigarette products.