FDA Pushing for Rule Over E-Cigarettes

FDA, e-cigarettes

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reportedly pushing for a rule that would establish its authority over electronic cigarettes. There are concerns that the e-cigarettes are starting to pose a heightened risk to children.

The electronic cigarette is a device that looks like the real thing, but works off of batteries and power plugs. The nicotine is supplied in the through vaporized water, and comes in different concentrations depending on the consumer’s taste. They differ enough from real cigarettes that laws don’t cover them.

“It has been taking too long for this to move,” Commissioner of the FDA, Margaret Hamburg said of the proposed rule being pushed at a Congressional budget hearing. She also mentioned that she hopes and expects that the proposal will be ready soon.

The rule is under examination by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The organization has been reviewing the rule proposal for nearly half a year and it has not been said when the assessment will be completed. Meanwhile, public health advocates and lawmakers are pushing for a prompt release of the rule proposal by FDA with the argument that the sweet flavors in e-cigarettes may be addicting to children.

Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon apparently agrees, saying that the FDA’s delays in dealing with the electronic cigarette issue was disgraceful, arguing that the sweet flavors including strawberry and tutti-frutti were a devious strategy to get children addicted to nicotine.

Thomas Carr, director of national policy at the American Lung Association, stated that they want to include e-cigarettes in the same classification as regular cigarettes. If they are put into the same category, then states would treat electronic cigarettes the same as regular ones under existing laws.

“We only want them to be included in the tobacco product’s definition,” Carr said. “Anything else does not have to change.”

“The e-cigarette is supposed to be a good alternative to smoking regular cigarettes,” stated Eric Criss, president and chief executive of the Electronic Cigarette Industry Group. “The goal is to differentiate e-cigarettes from that of the real ones.”

“E-cigarettes are for adult smokers. The product is for adult consumers,” said Cynthia Cabrera, executive director of the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association. “It is not supposed to be seen as a gateway to other things, or for those younger than a certain age to be using them.”

Four states have sided with health advocates and the FDA’s pushed rule proposal, and have already included e-cigarettes in indoor smoking bans, including Utah, North Dakota, Arkansas and New Jersey. Nine other states, including Colorado, New York, Tennessee and Wyoming have already placed e-cigarettes into the classification of tobacco product.

2009 was when the first e-cigarette bills were introduced. Since then, 25 different states and the District of Columbia have passed measures defining and regulating the sale of them. Commissioner Hamburg said of the proposed rule pushed by the FDA about e-cigarettes, “We do think that this is a matter that needs more attention to the and requires more action done.”

By Jessica Cooley

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4 Responses to "FDA Pushing for Rule Over E-Cigarettes"

  1. jaydavee   April 10, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    FDA can get out of my life.

  2. Lenny Zella   April 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Like Mr Cobia above I was also a smoker for longer than I care to count. While it hasn’t been as long I have not smoked a regular cigarette in 6 months, and have tried evrything available to me over the years. The e-cig worked for me, and I have cut down on its use as well.

  3. Robert Copia   April 5, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    As a long-term smoker, I found it impossible to quit until three and a half years ago when I used my first e-cig. I have not smoked a cigarette since and my health has improved drastically.
    The purchase of e-cigs should be restricted to those under 18, and strict age verification should be used in retail and online sales as is used for the purchase of alcohol. All e-cig material should be kept out of reach from children along with, drugs, cosmetics,, cleaning products, fluoride toothpaste etc. and other products that are harmful if ingested.. I would not even use the compact fluorescent light bulbs which contain MERCURY powder and gas and are very hazardous if shattered.
    Then let the politicians and other protectors of children deal with the more serious dangers to our children such as:
    1. The Centers For Disease Control reports, “33% of 8th graders used alcohol in the last month”.
    2.National Institute of Health reports “23% of 12th graders used marijuana in the last 30 days and 6.5% use it daily.
    3. 60,000 children are in the Emergency Room each year because of accidental poisoning by prescription drugs.
    4. Autism effects 0ne in 58 children..
    Our leaders are too busy in their propaganda campaign of fear to dissuade hopelessly addicted smokers from trying an e-cig which should really be called a “personal nicotine vaporizer”
    Pharma companies Glaxo and Pfizer sell “quit smoking” products, nicotine gum, lozenges patches inhalers, mind-altering psychiatric drugs Chantix and Zyban etc, which they would like to sell you every day for as long as you live. These products have low rates of success. The mini lozenges look just like Tic Tacs and could be mistaken for candy. The Nicotrol vaporizer works similar to the ecig, you inhale liquid nicotine with the spray you shoot it up your nose.
    Zyban is actually the anti-depressant, Wellbutrin with dangerous side effects. Chantix is the leader in adverse effect reporting to the FDA, suicide, violent behavior etc.
    In the last election cycle, 2010-2011, Pharma companies contributed TEN Million dollars to the politicians who are now doing there bidding to destroy the competition, BIG PHARMA verses “little”e-cig.
    Bloomberg News, 2/19/2014 reports,” Glaxo Memo Shows Drug Industry Lobbying On E-Cigarettes”.
    Forbes Magazine, 7/2/2012, The article, “Dr. Drew Was Paid By Glaxo To Talk Up Antidepressants.’ includes link to the 72 page Justice Department complaint against Glaxo which involved the illegal, deceptive and fraudulent marketing of Antidepressants to children and adolescents, through their Doctors..
    New York Times 77/2/2012, “GLAXO Agrees To Pay Three Billion Dollar Fraud Settlement” ( and pleads guilty to criminal charges after a 10 year investigation led by “whistle blowers”
    Many of your leaders are working for the people that tried to harm your children. Please , think about it.

  4. MDC   April 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Under that pretense (flavor attracts children), shall we also ban coffee & alcohol??? Both are just as addictive as nicotine, if not more. And while we’re at it we might as well throw lip gloss in there too.

    This artilce might as well be a political sound bite..Sad that America is so gullible, and you wonder why you’re no longer #1( at anything other than arguing with one another)…

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