The FDA To Regulate, Pummel E-Cig Industry
The Food and Drug Administration announced over the weekend that it will be regulating e-cigs like cigarettes, bringing the fun of millions of vapers to an unequivocal end. The hugely popular e-cigarettes now face the wrath of the FDA in the US, with e-cigs products being regulated, age limitations, clearer products labels and heightened health warnings moving forward. It seemed inevitable to most, particularly after it was revealed in February that e-cigs were going to be placed under the jurisdiction of the FDA. Crucially, manufacturers will be forced to submit all of their products for approval, where ingredients, safety and emissions data, and manufacturing processes will be fiercely scrutinised. An FDA press release stated, “The actions being taken today will help the FDA prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made, as well as communicate their potential risks." The move follows the announcement that California would regulate e-cigarettes and the study which showed that the majority of Americans back e-cig regulation. Interestingly, data suggests that the regulation of e-cigs, in particular the raising of the vaping age, has had a negative affect on communities, with more youngsters turning to cigarettes. For more information on the FDA's new rules, check out their 499 page document here.