Sen. Merkley wants to ban e-cig flavors, marketing appealing to kids

Sen. Merkley wants to ban e-cig flavors, marketing appealing to kids

WASHINGTON, DC -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) wants to tighten the FDA's control of the tobacco industry by banning the use of flavors and marketing that appealls to children in e-cigarettes.

Sen. Merkley told KATU he's frustrated and angry at tobacco companies which claim these products -- which have names like Skittles, Red Licorice and Peanut Butter Cut -- are meant for adults only.

"This is the big lie.," he said. "There's no way any tobacco executive can say with a straight face, 'We're putting out Capt'n Crunch ... or Scooby Doo flavors and those are not targeting children.'"

He says he's worried the FDA regulations might not cover the liquid used in e-cigarettes, or would possibly grandfather in products already on the market. He said if that happens, he hopes to start a new, bi-partisan effort to push for new, tougher laws.