2015-01-12 13:03:33 by Charlie Solley - MPA, Director of Government Relations, as posted on the inside.akronchildrens.org blog.
Since introduced to the United States in 2007, e-cigarettes have exploded in popularity. National retail sales of these products have grown from $250 million in 2011 to $500 million in 2012, and once 2013 sales are released, it is anticipated that it will exceed the $1 billion mark.
The growing popularity, in combination with the lack of regulation, led to considerable attention amongst elected officials as to how these products should be treated.
Even though e-cigarettes imitate a tobacco cigarette in form and function, they elude all previous regulation. This is because an e-cigarette isn't a tobacco product, these devices contain no tobacco (or just trace elements used for flavor). In addition, e-cigarettes do not release smoke.
Because of the unique nature of e-cigarettes:
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