With no FDA regulations, people decide on safety of e-cigarettes

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Fargo, ND (Valley News Live) Public health officials remain skeptical about the safety of e-cigarettes, even though teens and young adults report using them as an alternative to regular cigarettes.

“The problem with e-cigarettes is that there could be nicotine in them. Well, there more than likely is nicotine in those e-cigarettes and we don't know for sure if there is or not because of those non regulations,” Melissa Markegard, tobacco prevention and control coordinator at Fargo Cass Public Health, said.

However, Darius Endres, the owner of Sports Vape in Fargo, said he has customers that swear by the e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to regular cigarettes.

“There’s no tar. No ash. No second hand smoke. Way less chemicals than regular cigarettes,” Endres said.

Though Markegard and Endres are on two sides of the e-cigarette issue, they both agree keeping them out of the hands of minors is a top priority.

On August 1st, North Dakota joined Minnesota in barring e-cigarettes sales to those under the age of 18. Endres said he stopped selling e-cigarettes online because there was no way to verify age.

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