Updated: 08/08/2014 6:27 PM
Created: 08/08/2014 8:26 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
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.
All of this as University of Rochester researchers announce they will be studying those liquids in a new $2 million study.
Dr. Thomas Mariani says, "There are a lot of things we do not know about inhaling e-cigarette vapor. The differences in the different vapors and about the different liquids that may have different nicotine levels and flavorings."
The FDA is funding the five-year study -- which will be done here in Rochester. We're told the results will be used to help determine the new federal health guidelines.
Dr. Mariani says, "It's great to finally get around to doing some experiments that will generate data to allow us to make better assessments of whether they are as significant a health risk as traditional cigarettes, or less significant."