August 01, 2014

AMA, FDA: E-Cigarette Regulations

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined that e-cigarettes were to be regulated in the same manner as tobacco and nicotine products.

While there has been some suggestion, and conflicting studies, that e-cigarettes can be used as a method of tobacco cessation, there is also the concern that use e-cigarettes by minors can be a gateway to tobacco use.

Due to the uncertainty of the research, and the potential harm, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced new recommendations: a minimum age purchase rule, child-proof and tamper-proof packaging, restrictions on flavors that are attractive to potential young smokers, labeling, and a ban on unsupported claims that e-cigarettes help people quit smoking.  Also it recommends listing the toxic materials and their potential harmful effects.

Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc.,
Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
(661) 325-1275 |
5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309

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