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FDA's Authority for E-Cigarettes Flexed by Banning Sales to Kids

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By    |   Friday, 06 May 2016 07:22 AM

The FDA now has authority for e-cigarettes after issuing 499 pages of regulations on Thursday that ban sales to anyone under 18 and force those under 26 to provide photo identification before purchasing them, 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the rules over the concerns by many health officials that e-cigarettes could be a gateway to traditional cigarettes and would make it harder for current smokers to quit, said The New York Times.

"(The Food and Drug Administration) is taking this action to reduce the death and disease from tobacco products," said the new regulations.

"Deeming all 'tobacco products' (including components and parts but excluding accessories of the newly deemed products) to be subject to the (Food, Drug and Cosmetic) Act will result in significant benefits for the public health." 

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday that the federal government needed to step in to provide rules on who should have e-cigarettes, said the Times.

"We've agreed for many years that nicotine does not belong in the hands of children," Mathews Burwell said at a news conference. "Progress has been made, but the context has changed so we need to act."

Jeff Stier, a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research, complained in a USA Today op-ed that the federal government overreached in its e-cigarette regulations.

"E-cigarette shouldn't be sold to minors, and government should restrict advertising so they aren't marketed to kids," Stier said. "But the FDA's drastic overstep today will require e-cigarettes not already on the market by February 2007 to undergo a costly and onerous Premarket Tobacco Application process that holds e-cigarettes to a standard nearly impossible to prove, and one that well-established actual cigarettes don't have to face."

The American Academy of Pediatrics told CNN, though, that the regulations were needed to "alleviate the threat of lifelong nicotine addiction for our youth." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this year that e-cigarette use had tripled among teens in just one year.

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