Recently, the Food and Drug Administration completed a ruling that expands their authority to all tobacco related products including e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes and hookah. These regulations were formulated to help improve the public’s overall health and well being as these products were already being sold but without any initial review regarding what they were made out of. Restricting sales to minors as well as controlling modifications and communicating health warnings are all part of these new rules.
Since the summer of 2009, the FDA has been allowed to regulate how tobacco products are manufactured and distributed. This new ruling was necessary because it took on e-cigarettes which are somewhat new to the market. Any of these products including accessories such as the best box mod options out there are all subject to approval and regulation. None of these items can be sold to a person under the age of 18 (photo identification must be provided during the purchase). Also, free samples cannot be handed out and none of these products can ever be provided through a vending machine.
The FDA believes that tobacco is harmful to the human body but they do acknowledge that newer products like e-cigarettes may be less harmful. They do still require monitoring and regulations though. Moving forward there will be an appeal process that will take place for electronic products and other tobacco products but the outcome is not known at this point. Hopefully, young adults will be prevented from starting the use of these products and the added control the FDA has will help keep people safer by educating them on the use of tobacco products. It is unlikely these products will ever be banned thanks to their current success as well as their higher safety standards than traditional cigarettes, cigars and pipes.