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Business Owner Reacts After Health District Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

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Yesterday the Washoe County Health District released its recommendations for regulating electronic cigarettes, including warning the public of the dangers of vaping. At the root of concern - an ingredient found in the liquid used for e-cigarettes. "While propylene glycol has been approved for certain uses, there's been no approval for using propylene glycol to heat it up and inhale it. Let alone to inhale it along with nicotine along with other toxic and carcinogenic chemicals,” says Kevin Dick.

"There's four main ingredients in electronic cigarette juice, especially the ones we sell. There's propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine and flavoring. As compared to thousands of chemicals in traditional cigarettes,” says Vapor Emporium co-owner Sally Rosen.

Rosen co-owns two Vapor Emporium shops in Reno and Sparks and says she's seen firsthand how vaping has helped tobacco smokers quit traditional cigarettes. "They've tried the patches, the lozenges, going cold turkey, some of them have even tried the prescription medication to get off smoking and nothing has worked until e-cigarettes."

But the health district says no scientific study has shown e-cigarettes help smokers quit. Their report recommended the FDA or Nevada lawmakers implement new regulations to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.

"We card anyone who looks under 30 or 40 years old and we've had to ask people to leave when they're unable to produce that ID. So we already do that voluntarily."

A few of the other proposals may not be as easy to comply with. “That they be taxed liked cigarettes and that people be prohibited from using them in other places where they can't use cigarettes,” says Dick.

Rosen says those regulations would do more harm than good. "They may be trying to implement something out of concern for the community, people would still probably go online, so the end result would just be hurting local business."

These proposals are being considered during our current legislative session.

To read the health district's recommendations, click here.

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