FDA Agrees To Regulate E-Cigarettes


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently took a critical step to protect our kids from a new generation of tobacco products by issuing a rule that establishes FDA oversight of electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other previously unregulated tobacco products. Concerned public health advocates see e-cigarettes as a route of nicotine addiction and possibly as a potential gateway to tobacco use in youth or nonsmokers and to re-initiation use by former smokers. Among other things, these regulations:

  • Prohibit sales to children under the age of 18
  • Requires all tobacco products containing nicotine to carry an addiction warning label
  • Requires disclosure of ingredients and documents related to health
  • Prohibits manufacturers from claiming a tobacco product is less harmful without first providing the FDA with scientific evidence

 The AHA plans to submit written comments on these new regulations to the CT Public Health committee which is hosting a public hearing on May 25th with the hopes of making these regulations even stronger in our state by:

  • Strengthening youth marketing regulations
  • Banning candy and fruit flavors that appeal to kids
  • Requiring child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine and other tobacco products
  • Requiring that tobacco products bear a warning statement about the risk of nicotine exposure



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