Feds Crack Down on E-Cigarettes
Federal rule bans the sale of e-cigarettes to children and plans to regulate them just like tobacco cigarettes.
About the New E-Cigarette Regulations
According to USA Today, federal regulations were passed to overturn the multi-million dollar industry of e-cigarettes that has boomed since 2007.
Prior to that, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had to approve all tobacco products that hit stores. Premium, hand-rolled cigars, as well as hookah and pipe tobacco, are also included in the new regulation. Buyers must be over 18, and show a photo ID.
Also, health warnings now have to be included on packaging of said products. All of this stems from an ethical public health perspective, and as a method of controlling the companies that make and advertise them.
What This Means for Companies?
E-cigarette companies tried to advertise their product as a healthier alternative to tobacco cigarettes. In doing so, they might have prolonged the negative effects of the tobacco industry that have been dying down in recent decades.
Now, each flavor and nicotine level would have to apply for federal approval separately. This means every application must be paid for by the companies – $1 million or more a piece.