Amazingly, before 2009, the FDA had no ability to control the sale of cigarettes in the United States. In January 2010, the FDA lost a lawsuit banning the importation of e-cigarettes, and now the marketplace has exploded. It seems like everywhere you go there are e-cigarettes being sold or used, and it was only a matter of time before the government got involved in the industry yet again. The FDA is moving to finally regulate e-cigarettes. But that’s not all. The FDA is also moving to control the sales of cigars, pipe tobacco, hookahs, water pipes, and dissolvable tobacco products. The FDA already regulates cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and other tobacco products.
That’s probably for the best, given that e-cigarettes are still basically a new product and have been known to occasionally blow up in users’ mouths. Of course, normal smoking cigarettes full of tobacco can explode, too, but they’re already under the thumb of the FDA. At least this way the FDA will consistently be the people in charge of tobacco and tobacco-replacement nicotine delivery systems. The move will force e-cigarette makers to reveal their product ingredients to the government and gain FDA approval; however, the move will not affect sales of flavored e-cigarettes or interfere with e-cigarette manufacturing.
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