The Freedom to Breathe coalition reacts to FDA's proposed e-cigarette regulations

Apr 24, 2014, 18:31 ET from ClearWay Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Freedom to Breathe coalition, a statewide group of leading health organizations, responded today to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)'s proposed regulations on e-cigarettes.

The following is their statement:

E-cigarettes have become popular in Minnesota and around the country, but the many unknowns about their health effects, their relationship to youth smoking and other issues have raised concerns among health organizations.

FDA's proposed regulations are a good first step to creating consistency and oversight at the federal level around this new and addictive product. They do not, however, address upholding a standard of clean indoor air that Minnesotans expect and support.

Local governments across our state have shown great leadership by including e-cigarettes in their clean indoor air laws and making it harder for children to purchase and use these new products. Today's announcement from the FDA should not preclude Minnesota lawmakers from taking action. Legislators should continue to push for statewide legislation to protect our clean indoor air and keep e-cigarettes out of kids' hands.

The Freedom to Breathe coalition is a group of Minnesota's leading health and nonprofit organizations who share a goal of maintaining the strong standard of clean air made possible by the Freedom to Breathe Act.

Freedom to Breathe partners include: Allina Health, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Minnesota, Association for Nonsmokers- Minnesota, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Centra Care Health System, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, ClearWay Minnesota, Four Corners Partnership, HealthPartners, LAAMPP Institute, Local Public Health Association of Minnesota, Metro-MN Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society, Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Physicians, Minnesota Medical Association, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, Southwest Community Health Improvement Program (C.H.I.P.) and Twin Cities Medical Society.

SOURCE ClearWay Minnesota