FDA proposes rules for e-cigs
EUGENE, Ore. - The FDA is taking another stab at cracking down on e-cigarettes. The agency has proposed new regulations, including not selling to anyone under the age of 18.
Other proposed rules:
There would be a warning label, like cigarettes have now, but about addiction to nicotine.
Companies would have to register their products with the FDA and get approval.
And companies would no longer be able to distribute free samples.
Justin Newman, VP of sales at Emerald Vapors, said he doesn't see the proposed rules as a problem for business.
He's actually glad the FDA is stepping in.
"To get feedback from the FDA, this has been a long wait. It's been many years," he said.
As far as nicotine addiction goes, Newman said not all e-cigarettes contain nicotine. "A lot of people use this to control their nicotine dosage over time," he said.
A 16-year cigarette smoker, Lucas Bradfield of Eugene said he started vaping about four months ago to cope with health concerns.
"I started wheezing more, I started feeling heavy chested," he said. "I was like, OK, there's going to be a problem here. So I made a decision to better my health."
Lucas said he still smokes, but vaping is helping him wean off cigarettes.
The FDA proposal is subject to a 75-day comment period, followed by a vote on a final set of rules.