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Editor's e-Note
Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has been largely unregulated but that may be changing as the FDA prepares to rule on whether it will extend tobacco regulatory policy to e-cigarettes. Misinformation is plentiful when it comes to this new nicotine delivery system. But a recent survey of a group of smokers indicated a public perception that there may be risk similar to standard cigarettes or at least enough to warrant the surveyed smokers to favor similar warning labels. Our e-exclusive reports on the research, which showed that even though smokers mostly believed e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, almost 90% nevertheless agreed that e-cigarettes should carry warning labels, something they are currently not required to do.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
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Research Finds Smokers Strongly Support
Many E-Cigarette Policies

As the FDA is preparing to issue a final ruling on whether it will extend its tobacco regulatory authority to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), researchers from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health have identified strong support among smokers for a number of e-cigarette policies.

The proposal made by the FDA last April would require e-cigarette makers to register their products with the FDA, make an application to market the devices, use a nicotine addiction warning label, and create a minimum purchase age, along with other requirements.

While previous research has captured e-cigarette use and awareness, there is little data on e-cigarette policy perceptions. Olivia A. Wackowski, PhD, MPH, an assistant professor of health education and behavioral science in the Center for Tobacco Studies at the School of Public Health and member of the Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control Program, and Cristine Delnevo, PhD, MPH, coleader of the Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control Program and director of the Center for Tobacco Studies, further examined smokers' attitudes on such policies.

The authors used nationally representative data from an online survey that captured 519 current smokers during a two-week period in April 2014, just prior to the announcement of the FDA's proposed rule. Current smokers were adults who ever smoked 100 tobacco cigarettes and now smoke some days or every day.

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