FDA Considering Regulations For E-Cigarettes

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FDA Considering Regulations For E-Cigarettes

CREATED Apr 24, 2014
by Emily Luxen

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the popularity of electronic cigarettes increases, the Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to regulate the devices for the first time.

Proposed regulations included banning sales to minors, requiring manufacturers to put health warnings on the devices, requiring manufacturers to register all their products with the FDA, and banning companies from giving out free samples.

E-cigarettes heat liquid nicotine into a vapor that can be inhaled.  At Nashville Vapor, employees said the majority of their customers are former smokers who are looking for an alternative to traditional tobacco products.

"If it can help people who want to stop smoking, and this is a viable alternative, and they feel better, I think it’s a great thing,” said David Pellicane, CEO of Nashville Vapor.

Pellicane said the store already abides by some of the proposed FDA regulations.  They ensure customers are over 18-years-old, and educate them on the products.

“We definitely want transparency,” said Pellicane. “We want people to know what they’re having.  If there is anything else we need to do to stay compliant with regulations, we are prepared to do that.”

However, some opponents argue e-cigarettes are not necessarily a healthier option, and come with risks.

“Many physicians are worried about them because we know there is nicotine in them, but it is unclear what else is in them,” said Dr. Tammy Baxter, a thoracic surgeon at TriStar Centennial Medical Center.  “Until we can eliminate tobacco all together, at least, we can restrict it.”

The FDA has been trying to regulate the devices for at least five years. In 2009, the agency attempted to impose restrictions on them, but a federal court struck down the effort.

Before any regulations are approved, the FDA will have a 75 day comment period.  If you want to weigh in, visit their website

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