Electronic Cigarettes

An appeals court is saying the Food and Drug Administration cannot stop imports of electronic cigarettes.
The FDA wants to regulate e-cigarettes as a drug-device and last year ordered that a shipment could not enter the United States.
But Sottera Inc. of Arizona, which does business as e-cigarette distributor NJOY, says in a lawsuit that its product cannot be regulated as a drug-device.
Instead, the company says it is a tobacco product since it's derived from tobacco plants. The court agreed in its ruling.
E-cigarettes operate with a heating element and a battery. Users inhale a vaporized liquid nicotine mixture much the way traditional smokers inhale smoke, but without fire, smoke, ash or carbon monoxide.


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  • by vj Location: Lansing on Dec 8, 2010 at 07:55 AM
    Lisa, if a bit of vapor made you smoke, you should have that checked out by a good physician.
  • by lisa Location: lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 10:34 PM
    Shouldn't it at least have to meet standards that other battery operated items have to meet? I'm not sure if it's the same as electrical items. They should be considered a drug device since nicotine is a drug. I don't think it would go over very well to try smoking these on an airplane if you want to get where you're going. Smoking is banned on airplanes - I don't think it matters how the smoke is produced, it looks like smoke. I have seen the commercials & I would be embarrassed to be seen smoking one of these devices. It just looks really silly. I also had the unfortunate opportunity to have some jerk blow his "smoke" my way walking through a mall and it made me choke. I have a lot better things to do with my life than be an addict.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Dec 7, 2010 at 02:04 PM
    No wonder they tried to stop imports. More people quitting smoking with the help of this very effective device means less tax dollars collected from sales of real cigarettes. I'm sure they also don't like the fact that you can legally "smoke" this device in airplanes, restaurants, and hospitals since it emits a tiny amount of natural, harmless water vapor.
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