Congresswoman urges regulation to improve e-cigarette safety

09/03/2015 // JusticeNewsFlash // (press release)

Detroit – U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) is calling for more regulation of e-cigarette usage after a person was allegedly severely injured by one. Dingell sent a letter to acting FDA commissioner Stephen Ostroff following the injury of Jason Diekman of Wyandotte, who sustained severe burns to his body by an electronic cigarette that exploded.

In expressing opposition to congressional attempts to exclude e-cigarettes from regulation, Dingell wrote in the letter “Consumers deserve peace of mind in knowing the products they buy at a store are safe for use.

“Such assurances currently do not exist for electronic cigarettes due to the absence of federal regulation of these products. The FDA has issued a proposed rule that would extend the agency’s authority to electronic cigarettes, and these troubling incidents underscore the need to finalize this regulation as soon as possible.”

In her letter, Dingell urged the agency to finalize a proposed rule, maintaining a provision of it that would require pre-market approval for electronic cigarettes on the market after February 15, 2007.

Dingell further wrote “This provision is essential to ensuring these devices are safe for use and do not have a negative impact on human health… It is my hope that this important regulation is finalized as soon as possible because every day we wait is another day that the American people are put at risk of using faulty products.”

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