The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized a new ruling today which bans the sale of e-cigarettes to teenagers under the age of 18. This change to the regulation brings it in line with how conventional tobacco products are regulated in that they can’t be sold to minors. The ruling expands the term “tobacco product” to include e-cigarettes, vape pens, and other similar electronic devices.
This new ruling goes into effect in 90 days and will make e-cigarettes subject to the same rules that are defined in the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The act mandates that retailers first verify photo ID of customers before selling them e-cigs.
It also mentions that manufacturers who released their products after February 15th, 2007 will have to submit applications to the FDA so that it can determine if their products have any additional health risks before granting approval. During this time, companies will be allowed to sell their products for two years and for an additional year while their applications are being reviewed.
Use of e-cigarettes and vaping products is rising at an alarming rate among young people and that’s a growing concern for regulatory bodies. FDA initially drafted its proposal to regulate this industry back in 2014 and sent its final proposed ruling to the White House in the fall last year.