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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The Food and Drug Administration is making another attempt at regulating electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.

News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne spoke with the owner of Vapor Craft in Columbus, who says he welcomes the regulations but does have some concerns.

Erik Anderson, owner of electronic cigarette shop Vapor Craft and self proclaimed enthusiast, says business is booming.

"We are thrilled that so many people are making the decision to come off of traditional tobacco products because we have a chance to make Columbus a smoke free and tobacco free community," Anderson said.

E-cigarettes provide nicotine to the user as a vapor. When heated, the liquid in a nicotine cartridge turns into a vapor that's inhaled. The Federal Drug Administration is working to air out the currently unregulated industry.

"Right now it's the Wild West, anything goes. If you make it you can put it out on the market and you can sell it," said Anderson.  

Georgia already has an 18 and older regulation in place... 

The FDA is proposing age restrictions, nicotine addiction warming labels, ingredient registration, and no free samples become nationwide law.

Anderson says he agrees with parts of the proposal.

"We already sell to only 18-plus and we mix in an approved mixing facility or what we project will be an approved mixing facility," he said.

In what looks like a chemistry lab, they mix their own e- liquids.

"We do handle liquid nicotine products," Anderson said. "What we do in our food safe room, is we make what we call premix here and that is all the ingredients with nicotine with a high concentration of flavoring."

Anderson believes federal regulations will help legitimize the industry-- aligning them with restaurant chains and package stores..

But he does have concerns.

"I'm personally opposed to any crazy fees that might be added on to this," Anderson said. "I don't think that there should be a large amount added on. You shouldn't have to be rich to make e-liquid."

The sell of e-cigarettes to minors in Georgia is already against the law. House Bill 251 defines alternative nicotine products and prohibits the sale of nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, to minors. Senate Bill 347 prohibits the sale as well.

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