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Regulating E-Cigarettes

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--41 attorneys general, including Iowas Tom Miller are now asking the FDA to come up with rules for electronic cigarettes by the end of this month.

University of Iowa officials are now discussing banning e-cigarettes on campus.

The ongoing debate on electronic cigarettes has found its way to the UI campus.

Right now we're gathering facts and holding discussions with the shared governors groups on campus to discuss the matter, said University of Iowa Spokesperson, Tom Moore.

E-cigarettes are battery powered devices that heat up a nicotine liquid which creates vapor for users to inhale.

University officials say they decided to take a look into them after noting that the devices were becoming more common

"We thought it's something we should discuss as a campus and try to come to a mutual decision, he said.

A decision Luke Tschantz who runs an e-cigarette business says should be a no brainer.

It does have less chemicals. Most of the chemicals are not cancer producing. Actually all of the chemicals are non-cancer producing, he said.

But there isnt a lot of research on the product yet.

For example the U.S Food and Drug Administration hasnt approved their use or created rules for their regulation, still

"The vapor produced by electronic cigarettes doesn't cause significant harm to the user or the bystander, Tschantz said.

While the university says they have yet to get any complaints and are merely discussing the matter, some students say things should be left the way there are

"If it's not harmful then it shouldnt matter. To me it seems like people not just liking the way it looks, said UI student Melissa Marchall.

University officials say they will meet again next Tuesday to discuss the matter, but they stress that they are purely in the discussion stages.
 
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