Dr. Joe Thompson says adding "e-cigs" to the Indoor Clean Air Act of 2006 should be up for discussion when the next general assembly convenes at the state capitol in January.
"E-cigs are a new nicotine delivering vehicle and I believe they should be treated just like cigarettes," Thompson says. "The addiction is as strong as cocaine, the potential damage, we don't know."
Tyler Treadway manages Rock City Vapes in west Little Rock. He said Wednesday that additional regulation is not something the "vaping" community is necessarily opposed to.
"We're fine with a lot of the regulations they want but there are some that don't make any sense like labeling us a tobacco product," Treadway says. "There's no tobacco used in anything we have."
Treadway says his primary concern is with the Food and Drug Administration which has yet to rule on the combination of four ingredients in "vaping" devices.
"Depending on what the FDA says, it could be a lot of new businesses, just getting started, out of business," Treadway says.
Treadway, 26, says he used tobacco products including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco before discovering "e-cigs". He says he no longer uses tobacco products and sometimes removes nicotine from his "e-cig" mixture.
"It's kind of a hobby for us," Treadway says. And we don't want to lose a hobby that helped save our lives."
A recent study by the WHO encouraged governments to restrict indoor air usage because not enough is known about health effects of "e-cigs" to people nearby.
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