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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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RE: Are they?
By asgallant on 4/24/2014 10:59:06 AM , Rating: 1
There is a difference between saying "these are as dangerous as cigarettes" and "you can't claim that they are safer than cigarettes". They haven't been extensively studied, so you can't make any claims one way or another.


RE: Are they?
By Reclaimer77 on 4/24/2014 1:09:18 PM , Rating: 5
Of course they are safer than cigarettes. We're talking water vapor with like a thousand times less chemical potency than smoking cigarettes.

The massive reductions in carcinogens alone should allow them to state, with utter truthfulness, the product being safer than cigarettes.


RE: Are they?
By bah12 on 4/24/2014 4:38:46 PM , Rating: 2
More importantly, and a point I expect you sir to make Reclaimer, is that if there is no definitive proof either way then WHY THE FFFFUU.... regulate it. Just more needless regulation without any actual proof it is necessary.

Layoff the dozens of government employees my tax dollars are spending to research and develop this warning, and let me decide what I put in my lungs. If and when actual science determines a need, sure make them slap a label on it, but until then hey how about you don't waste my tax dollars trying to protect me from me.


RE: Are they?
By makius on 4/25/2014 12:22:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
More importantly, and a point I expect you sir to make Reclaimer, is that if there is no definitive proof either way then WHY THE FFFFUU.... regulate it. Just more needless regulation without any actual proof it is necessary.

Layoff the dozens of government employees my tax dollars are spending to research and develop this warning, and let me decide what I put in my lungs. If and when actual science determines a need, sure make them slap a label on it, but until then hey how about you don't waste my tax dollars trying to protect me from me.


^This 100%... just this.


RE: Are they?
By Morawka on 4/28/2014 6:19:44 AM , Rating: 1
shit i wish the FCC would jump to regulation on Internet this fast. Its a shame, we need better internet faster than we need studies on e-cigs.


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