Heading into legislative sessions next year, policymakers, industry representatives, health advocates and tax wonks expect electronic cigarettes — or e-cigarettes for short — to be among the top issues at state capitols.
Legislatures are expected to tackle how to classify, regulate and, perhaps most importantly, tax the relatively new products.
The debates in states come as the federal government considers its own answers to similar questions.
The Food and Drug Administration is considering classifying e-cigarettes as “tobacco products,” which would extend its reach and potentially subject e-cigarettes to a host of rules and regulations that apply to tobacco cigarettes.
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