FDA Proposes Regulations, Health Warnings for Electronic Cigarettes
April 24, 2014 9:00 AM
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,
(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.
study of e-cigarettes from 2010
claimed that the devices fail at delivering nicotine to the body.
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