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Rules won't go into effect anytime soon

Regular tobacco-laced cigarettes have been regulated by the FDA for decades, are only sold to adults, and are plastered with numerous health warnings. On the other hand, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes if you prefer) are unregulated. However, the FDA is pushing to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and to require approval for new products.
The FDA also wants health warning labels to be required for the devices. The rules were proposed this week and the goal is to set a foundation for regulating the industry and products. Proposed rules won't immediately put a ban on the various flavors of e-cigs or on advertising, nor will the rules set product standards.
FDA commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said future rules, "will have to be grounded in our growing body of knowledge and understanding about the use of e-cigarettes and their potential health risks or public health benefits."

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"When finalized (the proposal) would result in significant public health benefits, including through reducing sales to youth, helping to correct consumer misperceptions, preventing misleading health claims and preventing new products from entering the market without scientific review by FDA," said Mitch Zeller, the director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products.
The FDA is giving the public, industry members, and other organizations 75 days to comment on the proposal. Any comments offered will be considered before final rules are issued. At this time no time frame for when a final rule will be issued has been given.
Rules propose that the makers of these devices would have to disclose ingredients and warn that nicotine is an addictive chemical. Manufacturers would also not be allowed to claim their products are safer than other tobacco products.
A study of e-cigarettes from 2010 claimed that the devices fail at delivering nicotine to the body.

Source: AP

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By chromal on 4/24/2014 9:32:43 AM , Rating: 2
A warning seems reasonable. These probably ARE a lot less unhealthy that actual cigarettes, but you're still talking about tobacco products hitting your lungs.

RE: reasonable
By Vinny141 on 4/24/2014 9:41:25 AM , Rating: 2
its not a tobacco product its a nicotine product. im sure that's what you meant. Its just another nicotine delivery system.

RE: reasonable
By Griffinhart on 4/24/2014 10:09:00 AM , Rating: 2
The only "tobacco product" in it is Nicotine, which can also be found in other plants.

Liquid for producing vapor in electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-juice or e-liquid, is a solution of propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and/or polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400) mixed with concentrated flavors; and optionally, a variable concentration of nicotine

A lot of e-cigs don't even contain nicotine.

RE: reasonable
By JediJeb on 4/24/2014 2:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
The question is has anyone performed any studies on the effects of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin or polyethylene glycol when it comes into contact with lung tissue?

While these have been studied and found non hazardous when ingested into the stomach as food additives, lung tissue is different from stomach tissue.

RE: reasonable
By Reclaimer77 on 4/24/14, Rating: 0
RE: reasonable
By Griffinhart on 4/25/2014 3:16:27 PM , Rating: 2
Not really relevant to the discussion at hand. Should it be regulated the same as Tobacco products?

Propylene glycol, Vegetable glycerin and Polyethylene have their own requirements to get through. I don't know how many, if any, studies have looked at them but they are pretty widely used in a number of applications including pharmaceuticals and things like fog machines.

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