FDA proposes rules for e-cigs

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A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found the number of high school kids using e-cigarettes doubled from 2011 to 2012. And in Oregon and 38 other states, that's perfectly legal. "If it's not tobacco, there's no specific laws for nicotine, so kids can actually still buy them," Davis said. Raising the price of e-cigarettes would be one way to curb their usage, he said. "You increase the price and kids stop doing it because kids don't have money," Davis said. "This is one way to do that, the tax." And even though it's legal to sell e-cigs to kids, Davis hopes clerks in local stores would use their better judgment. Day, the sales associate at MidTown, said they don't even allow minors into their store, so they would never consider selling to someone under 18. "It's definitely not something we want to sell to minors," she said. "There's still nicotine in it so that's not a good idea."

EUGENE, Ore. - The FDA is taking another stab at cracking down on e-cigarettes. The agency has proposed new regulations, including not selling to anyone under the age of 18.

Other proposed rules:

There would be a warning label, like cigarettes have now, but about addiction to nicotine.

Companies would have to register their products with the FDA and get approval.

And companies would no longer be able to distribute free samples.

Justin Newman, VP of sales at Emerald Vapors, said he doesn’t see the proposed rules as a problem for business.

He’s actually glad the FDA is stepping in.

"To get feedback from the FDA, this has been a long wait. It's been many years," he said.

As far as nicotine addiction goes, Newman said not all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. "A lot of people use this to control their nicotine dosage over time," he said.

A 16-year cigarette smoker, Lucas Bradfield of Eugene said he started vaping about four months ago to cope with health concerns.

"I started wheezing more, I started feeling heavy chested," he said. "I was like, OK, there's going to be a problem here. So I made a decision to better my health."

Lucas said he still smokes, but vaping is helping him wean off cigarettes.

The FDA proposal is subject to a 75-day comment period, followed by a vote on a final set of rules.