From: Michael Rubin
To: Rebecca Lockhart, Brad Dee, Greg Hughes, Melvin Brown, Brad Wilson, Dean Sanpei, Jennifer M. Seelig, Tim Cosgrove, rchouch, Joel Briscoe, Don Ipson,
Subject: HB112 E-cigarette Regulations
Date: Fri Feb 28 05:22:27 MST 2014
Body:
Dear Representatives, I am writing this evening to ask for your support and to vote YES on HB-112, "Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes." I have been a physician and internist here in Salt Lake City for nearly 17 years, and I have first hand knowledge of the addictiveness of tobacco and the terrible effects it has on adults and their health. I have heard people describe that quitting tobacco is more difficult than quitting heroin, from those who have been addicted to both. In most cases, those who started using tobacco did so because they believed they would just quit later on, until they realized they couldn't and never did. Now there are e-cigarettes, the use of which has tripled in Utah over the past couple of years, particularly among our youth. They are as attractive as smoking tobacco, but we have no idea what is in them. We are not even sure if they are safe. Hundreds of companies in the US are making and selling e-cigarettes, but most typically make no specific health or safety claims about their products. The Food and Drug Administration and some health experts are concerned that the side effects of inhaling pure nicotine have yet to be adequately studied, and are therefore unknown. E-cigarette manufacturers are careful not to directly market their product to young people. However, nicotine cartridges for the e-cigarette come in a wide range of flavors likely to appeal to kids, such as chocolate, caramel, strawberry and even bubble gum. And because e-cigarettes are sold online, it's easier for kids to purchase them than it is for them to buy regular tobacco cigarettes. Requiring a retail license will help decrease underage sales of e-cigarettes. Without a retail license for e-cigarettes, there is no way to identify and prevent underage sales from e-cigarette retailers. Our kids deserve to not be targeted by the tobacco industry with products that are designed to addict children. Please help protect Utah kids by voting YES on HB-112 to require a retail license for e-cigarettes sales and product standards for these currently unregulated, addictive products. Sincerely, Michael Rubin, MD, PhD Salt Lake City, UT