FDA proposes regulations on e-cigarettes

By WEEK Producer

April 24, 2014 Updated Apr 24, 2014 at 7:42 PM CDT

E-cigarettes have been booming in popularity but now the FDA says it is time to regulate the product.

There were $2 billion in e-cigarette sales last year, all without government oversight.

Now the FDA is putting e-cigarettes in the same class as tobacco. For example, prohibiting sales to anyone under 18, requiring clear health warning labels and banning vending machine sales.

"At the present time, the FDA does not have the authority to regulate e-cigarettes and some have characterized it frankly as the wild wild west. Certainly we feel that at the present time it is let the buyer beware,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg.

It could take a year or longer for these initial rules to take effect.

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