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Vaping series part four: Industry

 

Utah lawmakers are working to regulate e-cigarettes industry in Utah,  but the industry is growing rapidly, and fighting back.

 

Different bills have tried to address e-cigarette labeling, regulation, ingredients, and access to minors.

“Not a single state who has fought longer or harder or faced a bigger attack against the industry than here in Utah,” said Aaron Frazier with the Utah Smoke Free Association at the end of last year’s session.

But Utah Poison Control executive director Barbara Crouch worries about children.

“The problem is for a small child, a mouthful or less is enough nicotine to cause serious problems,” she said. “The other concern we have is what else may go into these products that may get sold.”

See their report here.

Some 40 Utahns recently experienced side effects after vaping what they thought was synthetic cannabinoid oil, but it wasn’t.

A new study from the National Academy of Sciences found e-liquids and the aerosol in the vape both contain toxins and can be carcinogenic, although lower than conventional cigarettes.

That same study also said e-cigarettes could lead adult smokers to quit regular cigarettes.

“For very brand of e-liquid that disappears from the shelves, there are hundreds of vapers who will likely return to smoking,” said Frazier.


On Friday, we look at the data on quitting, and proven ways to give up smoking.