FDA decision on e-cigs consistent with public concerns

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May 12, 2016

While proposed federal restrictions to regulate the use and sale of e-cigarettes have been in the works since 2009, new rules have just been finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week. These new regulations ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under the age of 18 and require those under 26 to present photo identification to purchase. Additionally, all manufacturers and retailers are required to place health warnings on product packages and on advertisements. For a full list of the new rules and regulations, visit fda.gov.

Concern about e-cigarette use among teens has been consistently growing in our polls since 2010, and public support for restrictions on e-cigarettes has been strong and comparatively stable across our Polls on this topic.

Figure 1. Parent and teen opinions about e-cigarettes.

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In a 2015 NPCH Report, we asked parents of teens age 13-18 and teens themselves about their opinions on e-cigarettes, and their views about various restrictions that have been suggested for these products. 92% of parents and 91% of teens said e-cigarettes should have health warnings like traditional cigarettes. Over half of parents (54%) and teens (62%) think it is easy for people under 18 to buy e-cigarettes.

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Are there any other regulations you think the FDA should enact, such as banning candy- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes or requiring child-proof packaging on e-cigarette liquid? Share your thoughts in the comments below and on Facebook and Twitter @MottNPCH.

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