Today the FDA released their intentions for regulations of the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids. Although these regulations will not go into immediate effect and the FDA gave no official time table, we now have a general idea of where the FDA plans to go as far as regulations are concerned. These regulations will also apply to pipe tobacco, cigars, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco, and hookah. While other regulations may added the rules proposed so far are:
- Ban on the sales of e-cigarettes, e-liquids, and all other related electronic cigarette products to minors. The federal age that one is permitted to purchase these products will be 18 but states may impose their own regulations requiring individuals to be older.
- Health warnings about the addictive nature of nicotine must be added to all labels and packaging and selling these products out of vending machines will be banned.
- Manufacturers will be required to register all products and their ingredients with the FDA and will only be able to market new products after approval from the FDA. This approval will ride on scientific proof that the product will meet the standards of safety that the FDA has laid down.
- Companies will no longer be able to give out free samples and advertising will be limited to approved forums.
After a 75 day public opinion period and once the new regulations are set in stone companies will have a 24 month period to register their products with the FDA.