E-cigarettes find a market in NH
No longer just a niche market, the sale of e-cigarettes is a booming business that has eluded much further regulation because health experts are still studying the potential risks and possible merits.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed in April to define e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, allowing the FDA to regulate it like cigarettes (the old-fashioned kind that don’t run on batteries) and smokeless tobacco.
The liquid nicotine comes in a wide range of flavors such as bubble gum and chocolate, which opponents say is a clear attempt to attract minors.
“The marketing effort is often to young people,” Gilmour said Sunday.
Gilmour knows that teens who want to smoke will find a way, but reducing access is at least a deterrent, she said.
Mike Johnson, who has run Holy Smokes cigar shop on South Willow Street in Manchester for 10 years, said he has no doubt regulation is coming once the government catches up to a product that’s been on the market for years; he started selling electronic cigarettes last fall.
“I understand why they want to regulate it, but at the same time I know what the government is going to do — they’re going to step in and do what they always do and (mess) things up,” he said.
Johnson said he doesn’t market to minors and they know better than to try and purchase anything at his shop. He said his customer base ranges from people in their 30s to 80s, many looking for a way to kick their smoking habit.
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