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County Official Welcomes New E-Cigarette Rules

e-cigarettes, imported from China
e-cigarettes, imported from China

The federal government's move to regulate e-cigarettes has support from an upstate New York official.

The Food and Drug Administration took the wraps off a 241-page proposal on Thursday, which will ban the sale to minors of tobacco products that are currently unregulated including e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookahs. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy says measures need to be taken to keep the devices away from children.    " To this date there has been no oversight of these products and it's clear e-cigarettes are being used more and more by minors. This is the one reason why issued an executive order in February banning use on country property."

The long-awaited proposal, which would subject the $2 billion industry to federal regulation for the first time, is not as restrictive as some companies had feared and will likely take years to become fully effective.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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