Dillon Grasser holds an e-cigarette. (June 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Electronic cigarettes and other nicotine products will soon be regulated as medicines are in England.
In South Carolina, folks using the liquid vaporizers said they want that type of regulation.
The regulating agency in the UK said it would treat e-cigarettes as medicines, "so that people using these products have the confidence they are safe, are of the right quality and work."
In 2011, the FDA grouped e-cigarettes in with tobacco, which is not regulated with the stricter medicinal rules.
E-cigarettes take a liquid chemical mixture, including nicotine, but after inhaling, it blows out as water vapor, not smoke. There's no tobacco, or tar, but some health professionals still say it's not a good alternative.
Some who vape at E-Liquid in Greenville explained that the e-cigs are not to help people quit smoking, but are a healthier alternative. They said they want the regulation like the UK is getting.
"There's a big concern because nobody knows the health effects right away while this product's been on the market for three or four years, what it's actually doing to us," said Dillon Grasser, a sales associate at E-Liquid.
Grasser said he knows what chemicals are in the liquid he sells, since he mixes it himself. He said it's safe, but he wants to know any liquid sold is held to the same standard.
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