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Reality Check: FDA dragging its feet on E-Cigarette regulation?

Nationwide, the number of calls to poison centers linked to liquid nicotine jumped to 1,351 last year, a 300% increase from 2012. Nationwide, the number of calls to poison centers linked to liquid nicotine jumped to 1,351 last year, a 300% increase from 2012.
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After repeated calls from lawmakers urging the Food and Drug Administration to regulate E-Cigarettes like they do other tobacco products, the FDA said it would consider it.

That was back in May. Meanwhile, more children are ingesting toxic liquid nicotine used in E-Cigs. The FDA has been accused of dragging its feet on E-Cig regulation, but if so why

Nationwide, the number of calls to poison centers linked to liquid nicotine jumped to 1,351 last year, a 300% increase from 2012, and the number is on pace to double this year. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has been among those leading the fight to place child-proof safety caps on bottles that don't already have them.

"I've pushed the FDA…There are three or four of us in the Senate that have written letters that have met with the FDA....they need to move faster, they need to move more definitively," Brown said.

There have been no reported accidental liquid nicotine deaths but it may only be a matter of time: A single tablespoon can reportedly kill an adult. So why hasn't the FDA acted faster to prevent future poisonings? Senator Brown says the reason is money.

"Far too many of my colleagues in the house and senate side with the tobacco companies far too often with one of the worst special interests out there," he said. 

Those special interests are big tobacco lobbyists. Take a look at the four tobacco companies who have spent the most money lobbying congress over the past year, and as you can see, they all have a stake in the E-Cig business:

  • Altria Group (MAKER OF "MARK-TEN" E-CIGS)------$1,118,404.00
  • Reynolds American (MAKER OF "VUSE" E-CIGS)-----$303,350.00
  • Swisher International (MAKER OF "SWISHER" E-CIGS) ---$264,500.00
  • Lorillard Tobacco (MAKER OF "BLU" E-CIGS) ---$224,690.00

As for what happens next, the FDA's "public comment period" on E-CIGS ended on Friday. The agency now has to review 72,000 public comments before it can move forward which means Senator Brown and those fighting for tougher regulations on E-CIGS are going to have to keep on waiting. And that's Reality Check.

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