Washington is locked in a growing debate over what restrictions should be placed on the booming electronic cigarette industry. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is pushing ahead with a proposed rule that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18 and prohibit sales in vending machines.
But to the dismay of many health activists, the rule does not address online sales or television advertising for e-cigarettes, though the FDA has said future action is possible. The proposed rule, which the agency released in April 2014, is a ‘deeming regulation’ that gives the FDA the authority to regulate all tobacco products, including cigars, electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco and certain dissolvable products like nicotine gels, among other things.
The lobbying around the proposed rule has been fierce, with much of the pressure centering on e-cigarettes. After a 2014 survey showed e-cigarette use among high school and middle school students tripled from 2013 to 2014, Democrats in Congress started pushing FDA to issue a stronger rule that prevents companies from being able to market the products to children. Read full article
Lydia Wheeler (31 May 2015) E-cigarettes inflame DC debate [editorial]. Retrieved from http://thehill.com/regulation/healthcare/243514-e-cigarettes-inflame-dc-debate