Thursday, April 24, 2014

Feds Propose Tighter Rules on E-Cigarettes

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM

In an effort to catch up with the times, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this morning that it is proposing new rules to curb the use of electronic cigarettes. The regulations would also cover pipe tobacco and cigars, which have slid under the radar of the FDA while growing in popularity.

Simply put, the new regulations would prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco to any American under the age of 18. More importantly, the proposed rules call for a much tighter leash on marketing vials of liquid nicotine used in the e-cigs.

Additionally, producers of cigars and e-cigarettes would have to register with the FDA, provide details of their products' ingredients and disclose any manufacturing processes and scientific data. The producers will also be subject to FDA inspections.

But the proposed rules do not include any effort to ban flavors in e-cigarettes and cigars, such as bubble gum and grape. Public health officials regularly complain that children are lured to the flavored e-cigarettes, but the FDA is not yet in a position to show scientific data that proves that the flavors pose a health risk for young people.


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