Electronic Cigarettes will now be under Food and Drug Administration oversight

The federal government for the first time is taking action on what has become a very popular trend.      

"What we know is 4.7 million young people, kids, are using tobacco products at least once a month, and for e-cigarettes, from 2011 to 2015 we saw a 900% increase in use," said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Health & Human Services Secretary.

While under Texas State law already, e-cigarettes cannot be sold to anyone under the age 18 that will now become a national regulation.

The FDA will also require new health warnings on packages and ads, and hundreds of e-cigarette brands will be forced to get permission to stay on the market, having to submit products for FDA review, including lists of ingredients. The FDA also said it will bring regulation of cigars, as well as pipe and hookah tobacco, in line with rules for cigarettes. "About 1 in every 5 deaths each year can be traced back to tobacco products. So that's why the scientists at the FDA have taken steps to further regulate tobacco products," said Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary.

The American Vaping Association calls the new rules "A prohibition that will cost lives, kill jobs and further entrench America's largest cigarette companies."

The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association said the industry "Has a long history of supporting sensible science-based regulations”, but said the new regulations "Pull the rug out from nine million smokers who have switched to vaping putting them in jeopardy of returning back to smoking."
               

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