Smokers are looking for alternatives to conventional cigarettes, and many have turned to e-cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday that they would regulate these smokeless alternatives. But are e-cigarettes really any better than their smokey predecessors?
On Monday, April 25, the Food and Drug Administration announced that it plans to regulate e-cigarettes, the smokeless alternative to traditional combustible cigarettes, like tobacco products rather than drug-delivery devices. The drug-delivery designation would require the FDA to carefully review e-cigarettes before they are sold, like nicotine gum and other smoking cessation devices. The stricter regulations for drug-delivery devices still could apply if e-cigarettes are specifically marketed to help users quit smoking.
The new designation logically applies to the nicotine in e-cigarette liquids, which is derived from tobacco. It’s unclear, however, whether the tobacco regulations will apply to e-cigarette liquids that are not derived from tobacco; flavored “zero-nic” liquids are also popular among e-cigarette users.
It is expected that New York state will not move forward with its ban on e-cigarette sales once the federal regulations are in place.