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FDA : first regulations for e-cigarettes

April 24, 2014

The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require FDA approval for new products and health warning labels.

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The Food and Drug Administration issued its first proposal this Thursday, but it doesn't mean immediate changes for the vaping products,  e-juices or accessories.

The proposal will set regulations for the electronic cigarette products but the rules don't immediately ban the wide array of e-juices, or set product standards. This step is basically aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette industry.

FDA said that once the new rules gets finalized, it could propose more restrictions on e-cigarettes.

Jeff Stier,  senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research believes that "the devil will be in the details of future regulatory decisions.  If the regulations are too heavy-handed, they'll have the deadly effect of preventing smokers from quitting by switching to these dramatically less harmful alternatives."

The Food and Drug Administration offers 75 days to the public to comment on the proposal.  After the agency evaluates those comments, it will issue a final rule.  Many analysts believe that this regulation will ultimately be challenged in court.

Electronic cigarette manufacturers will be required to submit applications to FDA for premarket review within two years. As long as an e-cigarette maker has submitted the application, the FDA said it will allow the products to stay on the market while they are being reviewed.  That would mean companies would have to submit an application for all e-cigarettes now being sold.

 
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