Word on the Street: Potential restrictions on sale of electronic cigarettes

The battery-powered devices have grown very popular over the last couple of years. (4/24/14)

BROOKLYN - Electronic cigarettes are grabbing the attention of many public health groups who want them better regulated.

The FDA says it wants to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and require health warning labels, along with approval for any new products. The battery-powered devices have grown very popular over the last couple of years, and officials say they want to slow down the pace of the industry.

News 12 asked residents how they feel about the possibility of new regulations on e-cigarettes, which would make them tougher to get. Most agreed that minors should not so easily be able to buy e-cigarettes since they are harmful to one's health.

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Others say it's a tough decision because e-cigarettes should be encouraged as a substitute for real cigarettes, and putting restrictions on them might deter potential smokers.

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