FDA pushes for regulatory authority over e-cigarettes to protect kids

As e-cigarettes gain popularity among adults and teens, they are also gaining attention from public health advocates and others concerned about their impact on kids’ health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is waiting for approval on its proposal to regulate e-cigarettes. The FDA’s proposal has been under review by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for about five months.

Meanwhile, in a recent National Poll on Children’s Health, about 4 in 10 adults said they believe e-cigarettes will encourage kids to use tobacco products. 86% of adults support prohibiting sale of e-cigarettes to youth under age 18. Read the full report: Adults worry e-cigarettes will encourage kids to start smoking tobacco.

E-cigarette companies and others in favor of marketing e-cigarettes without FDA regulation say regulations would be harmful to small businesses and to individuals who use e-cigarettes as a tool to help them quit smoking.

Adults were asked about their support for e-cigarette regulation in 2010 and again in 2013. In 2010, 82% of adults said e-cigarettes should be regulated by the FDA like other nicotine products; in 2013, 77% of adults supported FDA regulation.

Public Support for Electronic Cigarette Laws

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To learn more about e-cigarettes and the views of adults on the National Poll on Children’s Health, watch this short video with Dr. Matt Davis, NPCH Director and Pediatrician:

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