As e-cigarettes rise in popularity, public health concerns have also grown, and some states and municipalities have started issuing restrictions, banning sales to minors or e-cigarette use in public. As the FDA weighs the risks of vaping at a federal level, Massachusetts’ next governor will have a say in how nicotine vaporizers are regulated in the Commonwealth.
For our first question-and-answer session with the gubernatorial candidates, Globe Opinion asked whether, and how, the state government should restrict sales of e-cigarettes. Answers range from applauding FDA regulations (Democrat Steve Grossman) to telling the government to back off (Republican Mark Fisher). Some see e-cigs as a potentially promising innovation (Democrat Juliette Kayyem) while others are wary of any nicotine product (Democrat Donald Berwick). Here are the candidates’ answers, in the order they were received.
Attorney General, Democrat
The recent growth of the e-cigarette market poses a serious and growing public health risk to Massachusetts residents, especially our young people. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that nicotine, the primary active ingredient in many e-cigarettes, has harmful biochemical impacts on a user’s brain and body and is extremely addictive. That’s why I have as Attorney General, and will continue to as Governor, urge the FDA to place restrictions on advertising and sales of e-cigarettes to minors and why I testified in support of legislation at the state level to regulate the sale and use of e-cigarettes.
Venture Capitalist, Independent
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