Yesterday, the US Food and Drug Administration, placed regulations on E-cigarettes, cigars, pipe-tobacco, and hookah, subjecting them to the same regulations as cigarettes. Set to be put in affect by 90 days, the regulations would ban the sale of these items to anyone under the age of 18, requires that new tobacco products be submitted to the government for approval (with ingredients of the products), and requires warning labels on the products. The new products have to be submitted within two years and can stay on the shelves from one year while the FDA reviews the application.
While the Tobacco industry disagrees with the ruling and regulation, CASAP and many Public Health Officials, applaud the ruling as a way to keep children safe from the harms of all tobacco products. In a recent study released by the CDC, High School student’s use of e-cigarettes rose dramatically over the course of one year from 4.5% in 2013 to 13.4% in 2014. One of our most recent articles on the CASAP website talked about the link between e-cigarette advertisement and the smoking of e-cigarettes in teens. CASAP applauds any effort to curb these alarming trends that we are seeing in youth and tobacco use.