Sunday's article on e-cigarettes raises questions about regulation.
The answer seems pretty straightforward. The e-cigarette is a drug delivery device. The sellers are pretty open about this. You can choose the concentration of the drug (nicotine) to be delivered.
The e-cigarette should be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as a drug delivery device, just as other drug delivery systems are regulated.
The liquid used is a drug (with currently unregulated chemical additives) and should be regulated just like any other drug.
While the drug is touted as less harmful than tobacco, the Centers for Disease Control study cited in the article indicates it is a gateway drug leading to tobacco use in children.
-- Steve Rankin, Madison