Electronic cigarette retailer ECigaretteDirect.co.uk says hundreds of jobs could be lost if the EU is successful in imposing tighter regulation on products containing nicotine. The Swansea based firm which itself employs 14 people at its distribution centre and high street stores, has joined a growing Europe wide lobby against a Brussels proposal to class e-cigs as medicines in the same way as nicotine gums and patches which help smokers quit. E-cigarettes contain nicotine but vaporise waste products and manufacturers claim they are an alternative to standard tobacco cigarettes which produce damaging tar and smoke as well as help smokers cut down or quit. Its estimated around 1.3 million people use them in the UK with the market expected to reach 250m per year in 2014. ECigaretteDirect.co.uk co-founder James Dunworth buys his products from China where they are made under licence and distributes them through an online site and a high street store.
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Chicagoans help on electronic cigarettes study
For example, although there are no federal rules about purchase age or behind-the-counter display, Altria’s contracts with vendors state that “the product will be sold behind the counter, in a clerk-assisted fashion, to people 18 and over,” Sylvia said. Those agreements happen to comply with an Indiana state law enacted in July, but Sylvia said Altria supports federal regulation that would provide consistency for e-cig vendors, who now face a “hodgepodge patchwork” of state regulations. E-cigs: Puff, puff, prescribe Blu eCigs founder Jason Healy discusses the regulation of e-cigarettes as medicine in the U.K. starting in 2016.
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E-cig sellers jockey for market position before FDA issues regulations
A weekday morning brings a steady stream of customers to 21 Century Smoking an electronic or e cigarette store in Chicagos Lincoln Park neighborhood. Some are regulars stocking up on supplies. Others are newcomers ready to explore the offerings. Employee Katie Galan an e-cigarette user herself rattles off a menu of options. First, choose your nicotine level. Katie Galan: Twenty-four is a little higher than your average cigarette, 16 is a little lower. Then, if youd like, add a flavor.
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