Should the federal government play a stronger role in regulating electronic cigarettes?

At Smokeless Smoking’s newest location in Bloomington, salesman Bobby Frie “vapes” as he sets up customers Lainne Knutson and Aaron Miller with e-cigarette supplies on Monday, June 17, 2013. (MPR Photo/Mark Zdechlik)

“An increase in Minnesota’s cigarette tax is giving a boost to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking,” according to MPR News Reporter Mark Zdechlik.

The number of Twin Cities shops selling the “e-cigs,” as they are called, has been rising, and shop owners credit the $1.60-a-pack tax increase that goes into effect July 1 for expanding interest.

The tax increase won’t hit e-cigarettes as hard as it will traditional tobacco.

In addition, many advocates tout health advantages e-cigarettes have over traditional cigarettes. Some skeptics dispute those health claims and are calling for the Food and Drug Administration to play a stronger role regulating e-cigarettes.

Today’s Question: Should the federal government play a stronger role in regulating electronic cigarettes?