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PA Medical Society Calls For Regulation of E-Cigarettes

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Electronic cigarettes are popping up where regular cigarettes are sold. That has doctors in the Pennsylvania Medical Society concerned.  More than 200 PA physicians met over the weekend in Harrisburg, as delegates to the Pennsylvania Medical Society meeting. They agreed that until more is known, electronic cigarettes should be treated no differently than regular tobacco products.

That may come as a surprise to consumers, who think they're safer, or healthier than regular cigarettes. The convenience store at Manus Sunoco is one place selling the e-cigarettes, mostly to people hoping to quit the habit.

But doctors say they still deliver harmful nicotine, they are still addictive, and right now there are no safeguards or regulations on their sale in here in Pennsylvania.

Denice Manus told us, her store is selling many of the devices.  "We've had quite a few customers that started off wanting to quit smoking, we suggested that they use the electronic cigarette. To my understanding, it's pretty successful...because most of them don't come back and buy regular cigarettes.  But we've had one case where a girl started off with electronic cigarettes and still couldn't refuse the real thing."

Erie Physician, Dr. Peter Lund is a member of the Pennsylvania Medical Society.  He said, doctors are really concerned about young people getting involved with electronic cigarettes.  "The electronic cigarette was designed as an avenue of decreasing second hand smoke and weaning yourself off tobacco products," said Lund. "But now, some how it has this aura of being maybe healthy, well it isn't, it's just as bad as regular cigarettes so we want to make sure there's appropriate regulation, that they have the same kind of oversight as other tobacco products, because nicotine is detrimental especially in young people."

Doctors want the PA legislature to get laws on the books regulating taxation of the e-cigarettes and sales to minors. And they want PA schools to include the potential dangers of electronic cigarettes in their education efforts too.

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