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The Importance of Product Definitions in US E-cigarette Laws and Regulations.

Friday, January 16, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Lauren K Lempert, Rachel Grana, Stanton A Glantz
The Importance of Product Definitions in US E-cigarette Laws and Regulations.
Tob Control doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2014-051913
Published Online First 14 December 2014

Definitions separating e-cigarettes from other tobacco products are common. Similar to past ‘Trojan horse’ policies, e-cigarette policies that initially appear to restrict sales (eg, limit youth access) may actually undermine regulation if they establish local pre-emption or create definitions that divide e-cigarettes from other tobacco products. Comparable issues are raised by the European Union Tobacco Products Directive and e-cigarette regulations in other countries. Policymakers should carefully draft legislation with definitions of e-cigarettes that broadly define the products, do not require nicotine or tobacco, do not pre-empt stronger regulations and explicitly include e-cigarettes in smoke-free and taxation laws.

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