Greenwood gets stricter on cigarettes, Ind. attorney general urges FDA on e-cigarette regulation
10:32 AM, Jun 17, 2015
2:13 PM, Jun 17, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS -- If you smoke or use e-cigarettes in Indiana, two possible new regulations could affect you.
The Greenwood Parks Department will now allow full-time employees to write warnings or tickets for anybody smoking on city property.
Before this change, only police officers had the ability to write the warnings or tickets.
Parks department employees noticed a buildup of cigarette butts in the mulch just outside the park, leading to the change.
This will apply at Greenwood’s pool, the Freedom Festival and the amphitheater.
If given a citation, smokers would have to pay a $50 fine.
Last month, the Greenwood Common Council proposed an ordinance to expand the ban on tobacco products in the city to include e-cigarettes.
Letter to FDA
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is trying to make his own push toward more federal regulation regarding e-cigarettes.
Zoeller sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration June 11 requesting it add e-cigarettes to the Tobacco Control Act, which would allow the FDA to regulate the products more closely. Currently, the only e-cigarettes the FDA regulates are those specifically marketed for therapeutic purposes.
In the letter co-written by Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, Zoeller urged the FDA to make the advertising restrictions on e-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes and pushed for stronger warnings about the dangers of the products.
The letter reads, in part:
“We urge you to finalize the proposed regulations as soon as possible to ensure that these products are properly regulated to prevent harm to the public health and to ensure that they are not marketed to our nation’s youth.”
The FDA proposed the e-cigarette legislation in April 2014. However, the rule has not been finalized yet and the window for public comment closed in August.
“My focus remains on the public health risks associated with rising e-cigarette use among Indiana’s teens,” Zoeller said in a statement. “In my role as consumer protection advocate, I will continue to urge for stronger regulation of these products with addictive properties and other unknown health effects.”