NORMAN — There are lots of opinions about e-cigarettes — so many that the Food and Drug Administration is extending the amount of time it set aside to take public comments.
Originally, the comment period was to end July 9. Now, the public will have an additional 30 days to weigh in on electronic cigarettes and other new tobacco products.
The Associated Press reports more than 33,700 comments so far.
For now, the industry is in free fall with stores opening daily. The FDA has proposed banning sales of e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18. It hasn’t weighed in on marketing restrictions or banning fruit and candy flavors, which critics say target under-age smokers.
One big push is for e-cigarette makers to disclose the actual content of their products on warning labels. E-cigarettes have grown to be a $2 billion worldwide market. Traditional cigarette makers are weighing in, too, as e-smokes are eating into sales.
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