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US is to regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and hookah tobacco

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2594 (Published 06 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2594
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending its authority to regulate all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, and pipe tobacco, the agency announced on 4 May.

In a news conference the health and human services secretary, Sylvia Burwell, said that the new regulations were needed to “catch up” with changes in the marketplace.1 She said, “We have more to do to help protect Americans from the dangers of tobacco and nicotine, especially our youth. As cigarette smoking among those under 18 has fallen, the use of other …

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