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

How electronic cigarettes and similar products are defined affects how they are regulated, particularly whether existing laws for cigarettes apply, including sales and marketing, youth access, smoke-free and taxation laws.  In a recent study about product definitions of US e-cigarette laws, published in the December 2014 issue of Tobacco Control Journal, tobacco control researchers Lauren K Lempert, JD, Rachel Grana, PhD, and Stanton A Glantz, PhD examine the text of 46 bills that define e-cigarettes enacted in 40 states and characterized how these products were defined.  This paper suggests that policy makers should be aware of how the tobacco and e-cigarette industry representatives seek to shape laws that will benefit their financial interests and to cautiously define e-cigarettes when drafting legislation. To read the full article, click here