The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested rules to ban the sale of e-cigarettes for those who are under 18. This is the first time a proposal by federal regulation would target a USD 2 billion industry.
The long awaited proposal would not apply on the flavored products, online sales or advertising, which are the main sources to attract public’s health especially children.
Margaret Hamburg, FDA Commissioner, said that proposal presented the first “foundation” step towards wider limitations only if scientific manifest confirms their willingness to protect the health of the people.
The Critics of e-cigarette argue that restricting the use of e-cigarettes might provoke young people using conventional cigarettes when not much information is available about the harmful impacts of these products. They also regretted that the proposed rule did not include any limits.
In 2009, a law was passed that gave FDA the authority to regulate smokeless tobacco, cigarettes or roll-your-own tobacco and clearly specified that the agency could also enforce its jurisdiction to other nicotine products by issuing a rule to that effect. It should be noted that e-cigarettes uses battery powered cartridges to also produce a nicotine contaminated inhalable vapor.
For a shorter period, this rule would discourage the companies to distribute free e-cigarette samples, and will also restrain vending machine sales. However, this rule only applies to youngsters and not to adults. Companies need to warn that nicotine is addictive, but no other health warning is required.