JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For the first time, the Federal Drug Administration is acting to regulate electronic cigarettes and cigars.
One local vape store manager told Region 8 News that they already have a rule in place not to sell to people under the age of 18, but now they are looking at other rules.
Those rules include prohibiting the distribution of free samples and selling e-cigs in vending machines accessible to minors.
General Manager Mark Horne of Vapor Six 27 in Jonesboro said he understands the FDA is trying to control some things but he still feels that this will impact business.
"I feel that restrictions aren't always a bad thing, it's when they go overboard," said Horne. "So, of course, basic things like making sure we're not selling to underage people or making sure the proper warning labels are on bottles. Just there are some things they are going to go too far with in my opinion."
He also believes in the near future, the price of the manufacturing of e-cig liquid through more expensive laboratories required by the FDA would increase, causing the use of e-cigarettes to be just as costly as smoking regular tobacco.
One customer said vaping helped him to quit smoking cigarettes which is why he doesn't feel certain regulations are necessary.
"It's a relief from smoking," said Kris Lee. "So if they can say nicotine patches and nicotine gum is okay and FDA approves that, then vaping should be in the same category so I think it shouldn't be regulated the way I think people want it to be."
According to an article on the NPR website, public health advocates such as the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics welcomed the new FDA rules.
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