FDA Announces New Proposal for E-Cigarette Regulations

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(CBS) — The Food and Drug Administration announced a new proposal this morning to begin regulating electronic cigarettes as well as pipe tobacco and cigars.

The Food and Drug Administration says it wants to reign-in e-cigarette manufacturers.
“It’s like the wild, wild west. Companies can do anything they want,” said FDA Commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg.

The battery powered devices allow users to inhale vaporized nicotine.

“We need to understand a lot more about how they’re being used and what are the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes,” said Dr. Hamburg

Once the FDA proposal is approved, new regulations will prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. They would be banned from vending machines, and would carry a warning label that nicotine is addictive.

Just like regular cigarette manufacturers, e-cigarette makers would also have to register with the FDA and provide a list of all ingredients that go into their products
Some lawmakers say this is long overdue, and like the FDA, they are particularly concerned about marketing to kids.

“There’s no reason to have bubble gum watermelon, e-cigarette. It’s the 31 flavors to getting kids addicted to nicotine,” says Cindy Chavez, a Santa Clara County, CA Supervisor.

Puneet Nanda, the founder of e-cigarette maker Rejuve, says the devices are safer than tobacco cigarettes. “I think this is a great product for people who are addicted to smoking, who just can’t live without it, who are already trying to quit,” he says.

The e-cigarette industry is expected to top one-billion dollars in sales in 2014.

A report last fall from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the number of middle school and high school students who tried electronic cigarettes doubled to nearly two million kids in 2012.


  • Anonymous

    Are you serious?

    “There’s no reason to have bubble gum watermelon, e-cigarette. It’s the 31 flavors to getting kids addicted to nicotine,” says Cindy Chavez, a Santa Clara County, CA Supervisor.

    OMG… what about mike’s hard lemonade… we better ban that too because its making kids addicted to alcohol!

    Get a life and get off of the tobacco companies pay roll…

    Not all adults want to suck on ashtrays or fake tobacco flavors…

  • Tim M

    The e-cigarette industry is expected
    to top one-billion dollars in sales in

    That’s what this is about “Money”. Government is Going to regulate it and tax it. Government is losing revenue because people are quitting tobacco. They could care less about safety !

  • Tim M

    Maybe we need warning labels on all Government agencies letting people know they are addicted to our money…

  • bbs2014

    People don’t understand how dangerous they can be if a young child gets a hold of the vial and swallows it. People think just because it is not a “real cigarette” it is safe. look it up, young children are dying/getting very ill from ingesting the liquid. You can think its all about the money, but if adults don’t understand what it can do to young kids, then that is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.

    • Tim M

      @bbs2014. You cannot regulate stupidity. No amount of regulation will make stupid irresponsible people more responsible and less stupid. This is about money ! I am an E cigg user for 2 years now. I do not know of any ecigg store that sells to minors…. I previously smoked 2 packs a day. at $4 pack. That’s several thousand a year. Multiply that by the millions that have quit with eciggs and it is a big hit to government tax revenue. Its about money !!!

  • think2014

    I agree that the dangerous issue needs to be addressed with regards to children. So let’s make sure that THE PARENTS are watching their children and locking up their e-liquids. It’s not the liquids that’s the issue, nor the flavors, it’s the responsibility of the users; something of which the government nor anyone else can regulate.

  • Pam

    I agree the comments on these e-cigs don’t kill people do. My husband was a 2 pack a day smoker and has tried everything on the market and has been cigarette free for almost 8 months and has dropped to a low level of nicotine. The thing people don’t understand but the vapor e-cigs can be purchase without any nicotine. I started at a level of 12 nicotine and am down to a 6 and plan to be no nicotine in 5 months which will be my 1yr anniversary without a cigarette. The FDA and other government agencies need to find some way to control everything!!

  • Jim

    I agree the E-cigarettes need to be regulated but I applaud the makers of them because My mom smoked since she was 13 and just could not quit. She quit a little over a year ago at the age of 68 and uses the E-cig’s that look like a cigarette with a light on the end of it. She doesnt have to refill it, it has cartridges on it to screw on. It has stopped a problem that has plagued our family for years. We do not smoke in our household and we did not allow my mom to smoke in our home. It was a source of contention with her about it. She felt mistreated that we wouldnt allow her to smoke in our home. We litterally would go to her home and when we came home would strip off and wash our clothes and take a shower to eliminate the smoke smell from our clothes from even a short visit. She recently noted that she notices now when people smoke how they smell since she doesnt smoke. Regardless of the safety of the E-cigs, they make life much better for us family members who have lived for years listening to all the whining about how everyone is mistreating them since they smoke…

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