The Food and Drug Administration, which has overseen tobacco products since 2009, will now regulate cigars, e-cigarettes and vaping devices in addition to cigarettes and other smoking products. The new measure will ban the sale of e-cigs to minors.
“We have more to do to help protect Americans from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine, especially our youth,” said Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell in a statement. “As cigarette smoking among those under 18 has fallen, the use of other nicotine products, including e-cigarettes, has taken a drastic leap. All of this is creating a new generation of Americans who are at risk of addiction.”
Many people believe that this new regulation may put smaller shops out of business as conducting the studies required for FDA approval can be quite costly.