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FDA Proposes Regulations on E-Cigarettes for Minors

Fred Bodimer
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Local health officials are applauding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for proposing regulations on the electronic cigarette industry.

Once it is finalized, the new regulations will outlaw e-cigarette sales to anyone under the age of 18. They would also be banned from most vending machines and would required to have a warning label saying that they are addictive.

“Nicotine is addictive, whatever form you take it in,” says St. Louis City Health Director Pamela Walker. “Non-smokers using e-cigarettes will become addicted.”

Walker says that there’s still a lot we don’t know about the dangers of e-cigarettes.

“There’s always three issues that FDA has to consider when a new product comes on the market,” says Walker. “Should it be regulated? Should it be illegal? Is it bad for your health? They’re really just beginning the process to understand that about e-cigarettes, I think that’s a good thing.”

The new regulations will not place limits on internet sales, TV ads or flavored e-cigarettes that are popular with minors.

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