Our Chicago class action lawyers and staff read with interest recent coverage by the non-profit news organization Politico that suggests e-cigarettes must be regulated quickly if those manufacturers hope to avoid the same kind of class action lawsuits that rocked tobacco companies in recent years.
About a year ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a set of regulations pertaining to e-cigarettes, or battery-powered tobacco vaporizers. But those regulations have yet to be finalized, which is why a team of Democratic senators are now pushing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to move on the matter.
“Until this rule is finalized, e-cigarettes will continue to operate completely unregulated, with an increasing number of children taking up this addictive habit every day,” the senators wrote in a letter that was shared with the media. ” E-cigarette companies are taking a page out of the Big Tobacco playbook, using celebrity endorsements of their products, cartoons, and advertising in magazines with youth readership and at music festivals and sports events targeted at children…”
The FDA gained authority over tobacco products six years ago.
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