At last, the federal Food and Drug Administration has made it official: It’s going to take big, bold steps to regulate the use of electronic cigarettes, as well it should.
Why? Well, consider that study after study shows far more children are using electronic cigarettes than previously believed. In fact, electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government’s own findings are showing.
Under the FDA’s new rule, which will be implemented over time, electronic cigarettes will be regulated much like regular tobacco products, including a ban on sales to minors. Moreover, manufacturers would have to register any such new products with the federal government.
The FDA also intends to greatly limit e-cigarette products from being sold in vending machines and requiring manufacturers to disclose ingredients in their products. Premium, hand-rolled cigars, as well as hookah and pipe tobacco, are included in the new regulation.
A National Institutes of Health study found that nearly 9 percent of eighth-graders said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette. While e-cigarettes contain no tobacco, they heat a liquid into a vapor that’s inhaled. The liquid contains nicotine as well as flavorings, such as chocolate and bubble gum. Such flavors are an obvious attraction to young children.
Through public awareness and by limiting the places people are allowed to use traditional tobacco products, health and other government officials have helped to make difference. The percentage of smokers has dropped in the United States over the last decade, but cigarettes are still the leading cause of preventable disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Numerous health experts and agencies have pointed out that e-cigarettes are a gateway to smoking. Health officials urge the adults not to use e-cigarettes, unless it is for smoking-cessation purposes and then only under a physician’s supervision.
The FDA exists for a reason and having the agency do its job and regulate these products makes abundance sense.
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Watch a video online that explains the new rules regarding e-cigarettes as set forth by the federal government.