WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Attorney General Martha Coakley says sales of e-cigarettes have doubled every year since 2008.
40 attorney generals, including Coakley, sent a letter to the Federal Drug Administration, urging the FDA to place age and advertising restrictions on electronic cigarettes.
Electronic cigarettes, or vaporizers, are battery-operated products that some people say can help smokers quit smoking.
Mark Olson from OMG Industries told 22News, “There's no carcinogen. There's no carbon monoxide. There's no second-hand smoke, so it's not dangerous.”
E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine and produce a vapor, but Attorney General Coakley is concerned too many young people are using e-cigarettes.
She said in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration, the e-cigarette use among students doubled between 2011 and 2012.
You can buy a vaporizer with or without nicotine, but no matter what kind you buy, at a vendor called East Coast Flavors at the Big E, you must be 18 or up.
Olson told 22News, “You have to be of age to buy this. We always try to be very careful. We don't want children playing with nicotine. We don't want in any way encourage kids to use this.”
However, that's just one company. Right now there's no nationwide age restriction on buying e-cigarettes.
Coakley and 39 other attorney generals believe e-cigarettes should be regulated by the FDA, just like any other tobacco products, and some western Massachusetts residents agree.
Alyssa Thumm said, “People think that's a safer version of the drug, but it's actually the drug, even more lethal power of the drug.”
Attorney Generals also want the FDA to regulate advertisements, so the ads are not targeting teens.
FDA's current deadline to issue regulations is October 31st.