What Does New FDA Regulation Mean for Vaping? - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on May 25, 2016

What Does New FDA Regulation Mean for Vaping?

Vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (E-Cigarettes), and e-pipes are some of the many types of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

Vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, e-cigarettes
and e-pipes are some of the many types of
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

The popularity of vaporizers, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) has skyrocketed in the past few years. Some people have claimed they can be a helpful smoking cessation tool while others like them for the fun flavors and colors they come in.

These products use liquid containing nicotine, as well as varying compositions of flavorings, propylene glycol, glycerin, and other ingredients. The liquid is heated into an aerosol that the user inhales.

However, research into these devices’ short-term and long-term health effects is ongoing. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now stepping in to help.

The FDA has long regulated cigarettes as well as cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. Recently, the FDA finalized a rule that extends its authority to regulate ENDS. Here’s what the new FDA e-cigarette regulation will mean.

ENDS manufacturers, importers and/or retailers will have to:

  • Report ingredients, anything harmful or potentially harmful in them, and any data they have on health effects
  • Place health warnings on product packages and advertisements
  • Submit products for FDA review before sale
  • Register manufacturing establishments and provide product listings to the FDA

A huge component of the new FDA regulation is several provisions that are aimed at restricting youth from getting access of vaporizers, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Vaporizers and e-cigarettes have grown popular with adults – according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarette use among adults has gone up more than 12 percent. However, they appear to have grown even more popular with teens, whose use of these products has tripled in just one year. Research has also shown that teens that use ENDS were more than three times as likely to smoke traditional cigarettes a year later.

Now, stores won’t be able to sell vaporizers or e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18, which they will have to verify by asking for photo ID. They can’t be sold in vending machines nor can they be given out as free samples.

The FDA also has extended its authority to regulate all cigars, hookah or water pipe tobacco, pipe tobacco and nicotine gels. These regulation standards will officially go into effect on August 8, 2016.

According to the FDA, the extended regulation will allow it to review any new tobacco products not yet on the market, help prevent potentially misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate tobacco product ingredients and how they’re made, and communicate any potential risks.

Crozer-Keystone is Smoke-Free

Consistent with our mission to improve the health of our community, the use of tobacco, smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) is prohibited in Crozer-Keystone facilities and properties.

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