New research, proposed regulations have ‘vaping’ industry on defense

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2015) – New research and potential new regulations have the ‘vaping’ industry on defense here in Indiana.

E-cigarettes and vaping are both getting a closer look in a new study from the federal government.

Health officials say they’re alarmed by the number of teens using those e-cigarettes – up from 4.5 percent in 2013 to more than 13 percent last year.

Though it’s smokeless, you still ingest nicotine through an aerosol mist.

“We know nicotine can have adverse health effects on the developing adolescent brain,” said Brian King with the Centers for Disease Control.

It’s been a big issue at the state level too. While several e-cigarette proposals were tabled this year, lawmakers did pass tougher new regulations for e-liquids and vaping.

That measure, now in the hands of Governor MIke Pence, calls for things like more labeling and child proof caps.

But some in the industry say a few of the proposals went too far- and would cost them too much time and money to survive.

CBS4 spoke with customers at the Indy Vapor Shop, including Wayne Wyatt, who also felt the regulations went too far.

“It just bothers me in the aspect that the government has to have their hand in everything it seems,” said Wyatt.

“We have an industry here right now.. that is… it’s the wild west,” said  the bill’s author, state Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City. “We’re still waiting to hear, legitimately, whether vaping is safer than combustible cigarettes.”

“I was a heavy smoke for 40 years,” said Wyatt. “It’s made a big difference to me, I can breathe better now.”

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