“It’s the wild, wild west in terms of what people are doing with products evolving with no regulatory oversight,” said Dr. Margaret Hamburg, FDA Commissioner.
They're a battery powered device that gives a nicotine buzz from a vapor.
It doesn't have the tobacco tar found in traditional cigarettes.
Thursday the FDA announced its highly-anticipated proposed regulations
If approved, E-cigarette sales would be banned to people under age 18.
A warning label would be placed on the devices a e-cigarette manufacturers would be required to tell the FDA what's in their products.
Dorothy Reno says she's a part-time e-cigarette smoker.
She and her husband, an addicted tobacco smoker, did extensive research and believe there's less harm then a traditional cigarette.
“Honestly something just pleasant about smoking the e-cigarette. It’s a little bit of cross between incense and being in a wet sauna,” said Dorothy Reno, e-cigarette smoke.
There’s intense debate about whether e-cigarettes really are safer. Proponents say they help tobacco smokers kick the habit, but opponents say they're a gateway to the real deal.
Government officials and doctors worry that the variety or flavors and colors makes e-cigarettes very appealing to kids.
“We need to understand about whether those kids that are using e-cigs are going on to use regular cigarettes as well,” said Hamburg.
These regulations would not include any restrictions on advertising. This is a booming business - analysts expected e-cigarette sales to jump to nearly $2 billion last year.