Americans want e-cigarette regulations


A majority of people say in a new poll that e-cigarettes are harmful to health and should be subject to strict regulations that tobacco cigarettes now face.

The poll, released Monday by Harvard and the Boston Globe's Stat news service, comes as federal regulators are finalizing a slew of regulations for the burgeoning e-cigarette industry.

About 65 percent of American adults think e-cigarettes are harmful to the health of people who use them, less than tobacco cigarettes but more than marijuana, the poll said.

E-cigarettes are different from regular ones in that they don't contain tobacco, use a water vapor with nicotine that is inhaled by the user. There isn't conclusive scientific evidence regarding the safety of e-cigarettes, mainly because the products have been around only for a little more than a decade, the poll said.