The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that starting Monday, they will ban e-cigarette sales to minors. This project is part of the association’s plan to extend its powers across all tobacco products.
The new rule implies that when buying e-cigarettes or any other tobacco products, customers need to present their photo IDs.
Moreover, the retailers are forbidden to deliver free samples of e-cigarettes or sell them in vending machines. The new rule also relates to alternative forms of tobacco like cigars or pipe tobacco.
The multibillion-dollar business filled lawsuits hoping that these actions will delay the inevitable. Furthermore, many of the smaller players have launched a flood of new products during the three months period between the announcement and the starting date of the new regulation.
An attorney that represented several electronic cigarette companies admitted that he has never seen another time where so many new products were unveiled. Their goal is to attract customers with the variety of products.
The FDA new rules bring for the first time the regulations of pipe tobacco, cigars, and e-cigarettes in line with existing standards for roll-your-own tobacco, cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco.
However, such restrictions seem very familiar to California’s owners and operators of e-cigarettes. A few months ago the state launched its own restrictions including modifying the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21.
All merchandise that uses a heating mechanism to vapor flavored liquid so it can be inhaled must first receive the government’s approval. Store owners say that merchants can no longer declare that their products help smokers quit tobacco.
The American Lung Association welcomed the new regulations while saying that e-cigarettes are the most popular tobacco products used by youth.
in 2017 The N.C. Youth Tobacco survey found that more than 16 percent of high school children had used e-cigarettes. Among the surveyed teens, 20 percent manifested interest in trying e-cigarettes although they had never smoked cigarettes.
The battery-operated devices, also known as electronic cigarettes are practically metal tubes that heat the liquids inside it. The fluids usually contain nicotine and deliver vapor when inhaled. Thousands of flavors have been invented for the e-cigarettes that can vary from bubble gum and cherries to pizza.
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