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FDA Proposes E-Cigarette Regulations

Opponents of the increasingly popular devices worry about their impact on children

THURSDAY, April 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing long-awaited regulations governing the fast-growing electronic cigarette industry.

The new rules, made public Thursday, would give the FDA the authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, placing them under the same requirements as cigarettes. That would include a ban on the sale to minors.

The new proposed regulations would also give the FDA oversight of numerous tobacco products that up to now have had no federal oversight. Those products include cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, and waterpipe (or hookah) tobacco.

"This proposed rule is the latest step in our efforts to make the next generation tobacco-free," U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an FDA news release.

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