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FDA moves to regulate e-cigarettes and pipe and hookah tobacco

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 25 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2952
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US Food and Drug Administration announced on Thursday 24 April that it would propose rules to extend its authority to cover a variety of currently unregulated tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe (hookah) tobacco, and dissolvable tobacco products.1 Any future products that meet the statutory definition of a “tobacco product” would also come under its authority, the FDA said.

Writing in FDA Voice, the agency’s official blog, the FDA commissioner, Margaret Hamburg, noted that the …

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