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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: The Goal
By M'n'M on 4/26/2014 10:39:16 PM , Rating: 1
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The goal is to deem the nicotine base used in the liquid a tobacco product so it can be taxed as such

I believe the goal is a bit more far reaching than that. Consider that the FDA is doing this on their own, claiming the power granted to them to regulate "tobacco products" gives then the authority to regulate e-cigs ... and hookahs. WTH ? Both of these are delivery mechanisms, not tobacco products. To follow the "logic" involved then the FDA can regulate tin cans because "chaw" is delivered in it. That the FDA can regulate plastic bottles because eLiquid is sold in it.

Regulate the actual "tobacco product" if they must, that would be legal, but that won't do. The call for this is someone has bitched that kids are smoking e-cigs and "something has to be done !" Even if the kids aren't doing liquid nicotine, or anything in actual tobacco, that isn't good enough for some people. Perhaps the eventual banning of sale to minors is a good thing ... or not, but the "logic" of this extension will set a precedent for the regulation of other things deemed in any way detrimental to the public health. We've already seen (in NYC) how far reaching such minded people can be. Give that power to someone in a Federal position, hidden behind a few layers of bureaucracy and just watch what gets banned or taxed into effective non-existence as the years roll on and the true costs of the ACA become apparent.


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