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DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC -     With the increasing popularity of e-cigarettes, the FDA is looking at regulations surrounding the product..  

FDA officials say in recent years, emerging products such as e cigarettes, and nicotine gels have become an increasing concern, due to their appeal to young adults…

Here in the Low Country, schools officials at Dorchester District 2 say they are also looking at their policies surrounding e-cigarettes and perhaps banning the use of e-cigarettes on all schools grounds.

“It’s been reported in some of our schools that students may be actually trying to smoke something they shouldn’t be smoking through the use of the e-cigarette and have kind of tried to push the matter by bringing them on campus.. of course we are tobacco free.”

As Dorchester District 2 officials work on their regulation of e-cigarettes, so does the FDA on these emerging products.

 FDA officials say they regulate electronic cigarettes marketed for therapeutic purposes, but currently, there are none that are approved.

E-cigarette smokers say it helps them with curbing smoking and some say the cost is less than a cigarette habit...

“It keeps me leveled, I guess I don't have to worry, it's more of a worry factor especially with the money factor, it's just right there all the time.”

 FDA officials say “ Further research is needed to assess the potential public health benefits and risks of electronic cigarettes and other novel tobacco products.”

Dorchester District 2 officials say no matter the outcome, they will consider a ban on e-cigarettes and hope to have a decision on a policy change by mid-June.

The FDA proposed ruling has been sent to lawmakers.

No word from FDA officials as to the timing of that proposed regulation.

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