Don't give e-cigarettes special treatment

Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Re "Big Tobacco kills e-cigarette bills" (Editorials, June 27): Kudos to The Bee for getting it right on the proposed bill to satisfy big tobacco and it desire to differentiate e-cigarettes from tobacco products.

While Sen. Ellen Corbett's efforts are laudable, tobacco has permeated the legislation, making the bill a win for Big Tobacco.

Listing e-cigarettes separately as neither a cigarette nor a tobacco product puts them in a special category, opening the door for special treatment.

Regulating e-cigarettes as a tobacco product is not a new idea. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has the authority to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act.

Making sure we're in alignment with federal regulation is a key reason to define e-cigarettes as tobacco products. To not do so may open loopholes and force the Legislature to revisit these laws to protect youth in the future.

-- Kathryn Jeffery, Carmichael

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