publication date: May. 6, 2016
FDA to Regulate All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigs, In Historic Expansion
FDA issued final regulations for all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars and hookah. The rules, with provisions aimed at restricting youth access and requiring premarket clearance for new products, will take effect Aug. 8.
The federal regulations include: not allowing tobacco products to be sold to persons under the age of 18, both in person and online; requiring age verification by photo ID; not allowing the selling of covered tobacco products in vending machines, unless in an adult-only facility; and not allowing the distribution of free samples.
According to FDA, before these regulations there was no federal law prohibiting retailers from selling e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco or cigars to people under age 18.
“We have more to do to help protect Americans from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine, especially our youth,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “As cigarette smoking among those under 18 has fallen, the use of other nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, has taken a drastic leap. All of this is creating a new generation of Americans who are at risk of addiction.”
“Today’s announcement is an important step in the fight for a tobacco-free generation—it will help us catch up with changes in the marketplace, put into place rules that protect our kids and give adults information they need to make informed decisions,” Burwell said.
A survey supported by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed … Continue reading 42-18 FDA to Regulate All Tobacco Products, Including E-Cigs, in Historic Expansion
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