By Ferdous Al-Faruque - 07/21/14 05:31 PM EDT
A House Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban e-cigarette flavors and celebrity marketing practices that she says target children.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) wrote to the FDA Monday warning e-cigarette makers are trying to entice children with flavors such as “chocolate, gummy bear, bubble gum and strawberry.” She also warned the industry is using “celebrity endorsements” to encourage young people to take up smoking the nicotine vaporizers.
The Connecticut lawmaker also said nicotine poisoning in children is on the rise because nicotine cartridges used in e-cgarettes are not childproof. She adds the FDA should act immediately to allow only childproof cartridges on the market.
Earlier this year the FDA proposed rules to regulate the e-cigarette industry by requiring health warnings on their packaging and banning their sales to minors.
DeLauro says the FDA should update the rules and issue a final regulation not later than April of next year.