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Finally the US regulates e-cigarettes as tobacco

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 06 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2596
  1. Douglas Kamerow, senior scholar, Robert Graham Center for policy studies in primary care, professor of family medicine at Georgetown University, and associate editor, The BMJ
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Treating them as tobacco will outlaw sales to children

It seems a long time coming. We watched electronic cigarettes grow without regulation from an oddity to a pastime of nine million Americans, from boutique businesses to a $3.5bn (£2.4bn; €3bn) industry dominated by major tobacco companies. Now e-cigarettes are more popular among our high school students than tobacco cigarettes.1

The Food and Drug Administration tried to regulate e-cigarettes as drug delivery devices in 2010 but was beaten back in the courts by the fledgling industry. In 2014 the FDA announced new draft rules after it gained authority in 2009 to regulate tobacco products. We waited for the final rules. And we waited. Apparently it took a lot of time to respond to the public comments and iron out numerous …

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