Rep. Frank Pallone calls for tighter e-cigarette laws, reminds students they aren't safer choices

Though they have been advertised as a way to quit smoking, the FDA says that the devices are increasingly being marketed toward children. (1/13/14)

WOODBRIDGE - Rep. Frank Pallone is calling on the federal government to begin regulating e-cigarettes.

Pallone is asking the FDA to crack down on the e-cig, as well as post warnings on the devices that they are addictive.

The congressman appeared at Woodbridge High School Monday, warning students who may think they are safer than traditional cigarettes just because there is no smoke.

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"Well I'm here to tell you that it's not," Pallone says. "It still contains nicotine. And the worst thing of all is we are starting to see a lot of the companies that produce these cigarettes specifically target their ads to people your age."

This is the second time Pallone has pushed for the FDA to take a closer look at the e-cigarettes. Some legislators fear that use of the e-cigs will lead to the use of regular cigarettes.

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