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FDA Announces New E Cigarette Regulations

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced a new series of regulations to control e-cigarettes and cigars. Other tobacco products will also be affected by these new rulings. The FDA already regulated cigarettes, bulk and smokeless tobacco. The new announcement extends their power to control electronic cigarettes, hookahs and all pipe tobacco. Under the new regulations, purchasers of any of these products will need to be at least 18 years old. Some states may establish higher age limits. The agency will also need to approve any advertising claiming reduced risk from tobacco use. Free samples from tobacco manufacturers and distributors would be prohibited, and all companies selling tobacco products will need to register with the FDA. The FDA regulations are subject to a 75-day waiting period, during which the agency will collect feedback from the public.

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