Federal regulations proposed for e-cigarettes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — E-cigarettes have gained a lot of popularity since they first hit shelves and now the federal government is taking steps toward regulating them.

This is the U.S. food and drug administration’s first attempt at regulating e-cigarettes since they went on sale.

E-cigarettes are battery-powered devices that look like regular cigarettes, but instead of its users inhaling smoke, they inhale a vapor from liquid nicotine.

Now the FDA is proposing that new tobacco products like e-cigarettes, should have health warning labels.

They have also proposed federally banning their sale to anyone younger than 18 years old.

The FDA is saying that this proposal is just setting a foundation to regulate the products. They argue that regulations are needed because it’s not known exactly how electronic cigarettes could affect your health long term.

Those that make e-cigarettes and their related products say they are safe and promote them as a way for people to quit smoking regular cigarettes.

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