AHA wants to make it harder for young people to get e-cigarettes

The American Heart Association is calling for new regulations to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of young people. It also wants more research to be done about the impact on health.The AHA believes e-cigarettes that contain nicotine are tobacco products and should fall under existing tobacco regulations. The association is also asking for regulations to prevent the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to young people, as well as a federal ban for minors. The policy recommendations were published in the AHA's journal, Circulation.{} "Recent studies raise concerns that e-cigarettes may be a gateway to traditional tobacco products for the nation's youth, and could re-normalize smoking in our society. These disturbing developments have helped convince the association that e-cigarettes need to be strongly regulated, thoroughly researched and closely monitored," Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association.

As part of the health study, the AHA wants the risks of long term use evaluated.