Albany, N.Y. — New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from two-dozen other states urging federal regulators to impose restrictions on electronic cigarettes with a ban on more than 7,000 flavors now available.
In a letter they plan to submit Friday to the Food and Drug Administration, they say limits on advertising and prohibiting flavors besides tobacco and menthol will help protect minors.
They say tobacco companies recognized years ago that flavored cigarettes were for "teenagers" and the FDA banned them.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that while they contain no tobacco, e-cigarettes have all the same addictive qualities as regular cigarettes, while research shows an "exponential" increase in their use by young people.
In April, the federal agency proposed treating e-cigarettes as tobacco products, putting them under its regulatory control.