The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) is calling on RTs to contribute to the public comment portion of the FDA’s new proposed regulations for e-cigarettes and cigars.

From the AARC website:

As a respiratory therapist treating individuals with chronic lung disease, you have seen firsthand the devastating effect use of tobacco products has on the health and lifestyle of your patients. That’s why it’s important for you to share your experiences with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as they look to expand their regulatory authority. The message is a simple one—Regulate all tobacco products.

The FDA currently regulates cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco. The agency has proposed a new rule, referred to as the “deeming rule,” which would extend its authority to regulate all other tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products. Public comments on this proposed rule are being accepted until August 8, 2014.