FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

From: National Public Radio

by Rob Stein

The Food and Drug Administration says it will formally propose regulating e-cigarettes.

Early Thursday, the agency unveiled a long-awaited rule that would give it power to oversee the increasingly popular devices, much in the way that it regulates traditional cigarettes.

“It’s a huge change,” FDA Commissioner told reporters in a briefing Wednesday, before the official announcement of the agency’s plans. “We will have the authority as a science-based regulatory agency to take critical actions to promote and protect the health of the public.”

FDA will propose e-cigarette regulations

From: CBS/AP

The Food and Drug Administration for months has vowed to crack down on the sales and marketing practices of e-cigarette companies. Now the regulatory agency says it plans to propose rules for makers of the products as early as this month.

The policies will have big implications for a fast-growing, largely unregulated industry and its legions of customers.

If the regulations are too strict, they could kill an industry that offers the hope a safer alternative to cigarettes that could potentially help smokers quit. But the agency also has to be sure e-cigarettes really are safer and aren’t hooking children on an addictive drug.

Staten Island Poll results: Voters say no to FDA regulations on e-cigarettes

From: SILive.com

By Tracey Porpora

TATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — An informal SILive.com poll revealed that Staten Islanders are overwhelmingly against FDA regulations on e-cigarettes.

Of 377 voters, 292, or 77.45 percent, believe e-cigs are a healthier alternative than conventional cigarettes and in a different class of nicotine products. Eighty-five voters, or 22.55 percent, were in favor of FDA regulations because they believe electronic cigarettes can lead to nicotine addiction.

For a borough that already has the highest number of smokers in New York  City — an estimated 58,000, which amounts to 16.5 percent of the  borough’s adult population — Staten Island is now home to armies of e-cig users.

E-cig retailers stand up to Health Canada

From: Ottawa Sun


The latest round of threatening letters has been mailed out by Health Canada but electronic cigarette vendors aren’t budging.

With the border essentially closed to importing nicotine “e-juice” — Canadian Border Services seized nearly 17,000 Kg of tobacco substitutes, including those destined for e-cigarettes, last year alone — homegrown business is booming.

And despite the threat from federal agencies — with little in the way of enforcement thus far — e-cigarette retailers continue to pop up across the country, either online or in brick-and-mortar storefronts.

E-cigarette fright is uninformed

From: StarTribune


Allow me to explain, as I have to legislators, what’s in these products and why it’s not dangerous.

The Star Tribune editorial “Take safe course on little-studied e-cigs” (March 30) unfairly criticizes Gov. Mark Dayton’s position on legislation that would regulate electronic cigarettes.

The Star Tribune Editorial Board clearly lacks an in-depth understanding of electronic cigarettes and, like many anti-tobacco advocates, would prefer to regulate these new non-tobacco products like regular cigarettes. This kind of thinking would result in a public health disservice to those smokers who are seeking to transition to using electronic cigarettes.