FDA to Extend Tobacco Regs to Electronic Smokes

     (CN) – The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said hundreds of brands of electronic cigarettes will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market.
     The long-awaited rules unveiled Thursday morning place limits on the sales to minors and require manufactures to include new health warnings on their packaging.
     “This action is a milestone in consumer protection going forward, the FDA will be able to review new tobacco products not yet on the market, help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made, and communicate the potential risks of tobacco products,” the FDA said in announcing the changes.
     In addition the rules require manufacturers must seek federal permission to continue selling all e-cigarette brands introduced to the market since 2007.
     Most companies will also be required have to submit premarket applications that will undergo review to assess their impact on public health.
     Those that don’t submit the required information or don’t meet federal standards would have their products removed from the market, the agency said.
     The FDA action came five years after the agency first announced its intent to regulate e-cigarettes and more than two years after it floated its initial proposal.
     The rules announced Thursday also include changes to how cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco are regulated.

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