E-cigarette use has been booming in recent years, especially among teens and young adults, and the nicotine liquids used in e-cigarettes have caused a corresponding increase in child poisonings. Last week, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new rules regulating e-cigarettes as well as cigars, hookahs (water pipes), pipe tobacco, and nicotine gels.

Some of these new rules prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes and their liquids to persons under the age of 18 or in vending machines (unless in an adult-only facility), regulations that bring federal laws in line with those of 48 states including Illinois. These new rules do extend regulations beyond those in Illinois, including some that can only be done at the federal level by the FDA. These include:

  • Requiring manufacturers, importers, and retailers of e-cigarettes and their liquids to disclose the ingredients used in their products.
  • Preventing tobacco product manufacturers from using terms that imply lower health risks (e.g., “light,” “low,” or “mild”) without FDA approval.
  • Requiring new tobacco products that are not yet on the market to be reviewed and approved by the FDA.
  • Requiring health warnings to be placed on all tobacco and nicotine product packages and advertisements.

These new rules will go into effect on August 8, 2016. Illinois Public Media’s show The 21st has an interview with Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, concerning these new regulations and e-cigarette use in Illinois.

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