FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

FDAECIGMEDFORD, Ore. — The Food and Drug Administration just released new potential regulations for electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. The regulations would add the devices to the group defined as tobacco products.

The guidelines would prohibit any free samples of e-cigarettes, marketing for the devices has to be approved, among other requirements.

The e-cigarette industry is growing rapidly and there are a lot of uncertainties. Knowing that, the FDA says it recognizes that those who smoke a pack a day and then use e-cigarettes to quit real ones, are reducing their health risks. But that’s just one possible outcome. The FDA says it’s responsible for looking at all the possible outcomes of the use of e-cigarettes.

The regulations are not in effect yet. The FDA is asking for public comment starting tomorrow for a 75 day period.