Updated: 04/24/2014 4:25 PM
Created: 04/24/2014 5:00 PM WDIO.com
Regulating the sale and use of electronic cigarettes is the goal of new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration Thursday.
If approved, e-cigarette sales would be banned to people under age 18, a warning label would be placed on the devices, and manufacturers would be required to tell the FDA what's in their products.
Joe Savelkoul is the general manager at the ECig Crib on Tower Avenue in Superior. He tells Eyewitness News that he's OK with regulation, as long as the rules don't have a negative impact on business. He already doesn't sell to minors.
According to Savelkoul, the number of people visiting the business since it opened in November of 2013 has been increasing. "Every month we've been here we've grown our customer base," he said.
He said many use the e-cigarettes he sells to kick the traditional tobacco habit. "They're just tired of a lot of things with traditional tobacco. Whether it's the cost, paying $7 to $8 per day, or the health risks."
Savelkoul calls e-cigarettes a great alternative to smoking tobacco, with fewer health risks. He said the product doesn't use tobacco, and using the device doesn't create carcinogens. However, there is intense debate over whether they act as a gateway to traditional cigarettes, and if they're actually safer.
"We need to understand about whether those kids that are using e-cigs are going on to use regular cigarettes as well," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said. "We don't have the answers we need about e-cigs and their role in the marketplace and their role in health and disease."
The industry and public have 75 days to comment before the FDA issues a final rule.
Thousands Flock for Two Harbors Beargrease Marathon Start
About 45 teams of mushers and dogs took off on the John Beargrease Marathon trail in Two Harbors Sunday afternoon to cheers from thousands of spectators, despite a departure from the traditional race start at Duluth East High School...
Wisconsin Lawmaker Hopes to End 'Vaping' Indoors
Lawmakers are set to reignite conversations this week about whether vaping - using electronic cigarettes and other vapor smoking devices - should be included in Wisconsin's smoking ban. The ban took effect in 2010. It outlaws smoking in all public indoor locations, including restaurants and bars.
Campground Fees Rise this Year at Michigan State Parks
Fees at state-operated campgrounds in Michigan are going up this year to cover higher costs and pay for maintenance projects. Parks and recreation chief Ron Olson of the Department of Natural Resources says the amount of the increase at a particular site depends on its popularity.
Minnesota Guard Not Going to Liberia After All
Members of the Minnesota National Guard have learned they won't be going to Liberia to help the U.S. military's response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Soldiers from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division were supposed to go to Liberia this year in support of Operation United Assistance.
One Man Dead After Car Accident in Aitkin County
A 47-year-old man died after his vehicle was broadsided in east-central Minnesota on Saturday night. The incident happened at the intersection of Highway 18 and Highway 65 in Aitkin County at 9:35 p.m.