FDA to Crack Down on E-Cigs

OMAHA (KPTM)- The Food and Drug administration announced it's trying to crack down on e-cigarettes Thursday. "I like my coffee shot hodge podgery with six milligrams of nicotine per milliliter," said Sam Salaymeh. Salaymeh owns Plumes E-Cigarettes in Omaha. He said he knows that each customer has a particular preference for one of his hundreds of flavors. "This last year there have been businesses everywhere," said Salaymeh. It's the second year that Plumes have been in business, and Salaymeh said he may serve hundreds of people a day. With more E-cig shops popping up, the FDA announced Thursday it wants to start cracking down. "Any form of regulation is a form of legitimacy," said Salaymeh. One of the proposed requirements that the FDA listed was an age limit. A law was just passed in Nebraska that banned minors from buying e-cigs. "No one wants kids to have access to these," said Salaymeh. The FDA also said it wants to require a list of ingredients on the label and health hazard warnings. Salaymeh said at Plumes, he lists the ingredients, that the product 'may' contain nicotine, and warns to keep away from children. "When I started Plumes, I wanted to follow industry self-regulation and regulate in advance," said Salaymeh. "So that when regulation does come through, we're already almost in compliance, if not already in compliance." Salaymeh said the bottles don't have nicotine added in them, and they use a computer to regulate the exact amount. "We don't sell anything over 24 milligrams per milliliter," said Salaymeh. He said there are three ingredients listed on the bottles, vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol, and organic flavors. He said even though there isn't any tobacco in the bottles, the FDA may want to classify it as 'tobacco.' "There are products that have zero nicotine in them that might be deemed a tobacco product," said Salaymeh. He said he has hundreds of flavors, and a possible rule change would prohibit businesses from giving away free samples. "Our businesses is founded on people coming in and picking out their flavors," said Salaymeh. There are 75 days after the FDA proposes regulation where people can comment. Salaymeh said Thursday, he will have to look closely at all the details of the 241 page document. "What regulation is the question," said Salaymeh.Salaymeh is participating in a study at Creighton University about E-cigs. If you'd like more information on the study, and how you can help, please click here.