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Should Youths Be Allowed to Buy E-Cigarettes?

There are no federal age restrictions on e-cigarettes and no rules about advertising those products to youths.

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Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking federal regulators to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and stop e-cigarette companies from marketing to youths, reported The Boston Globe.

Coakley was one of 40 attorneys general across the country on Tuesday to send a letter to the Food and Drug Administration asking to “move quickly to ensure that all tobacco products are tested and regulated to ensure that companies do not continue to sell or advertise to our nation’s youth,” reported The Globe.

There are no federal age restrictions on e-cigarettes and no rules about advertising e-cigarettes to youths. Big tobacco companies have recently entered the e-cigarette market and e-cigarette sales are expected to reach $1.7 billion this year, reported The Globe.

Read the full report from The Boston Globe.

What do you think? Should the federal government ban e-cigarette sales to minors and should e-cigarette companies not market to youths? Let us know in the comments section below.

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