U.S. reg­u­la­tors ban e-cig­a­rette, cigar sales to peo­ple un­der 18

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Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion banned sales of all e-cig­a­rettes, cigars, pipe to­bacco and hookah to­bacco to peo­ple un­der age 18 and or­dered man­u­fac­tur­ers to sub­mit these prod­ucts to the reg­u­la­tory agency for re­view.

The FDA’s reg­u­la­tion had been highly an­tic­i­pated af­ter the agency is­sued a pro­posed rule two years ago on how to reg­u­late the $3 bil­lion e-cig­a­rette in­dus­try and these other prod­ucts.

The FDA said in a state­ment that the reg­u­la­tions would bring these prod­ucts in line with how it over­sees other to­bacco prod­ucts such as cig­a­rettes, smoke­less to­bacco and roll-your-own to­bacco.

In ad­di­tion to ban­ning the sale of e-cig­a­rettes to mi­nors, the FDA will re­quire com­pa­nies to reg­is­ter with the FDA, pro­vide the agency with a list of prod­uct in­gre­di­ents and place health warn­ings on their prod­uct pack­ages and in ad­ver­tise­ments.

The agency es­tab­lished a stag­gered re­view pe­riod for prod­ucts in­tro­duced af­ter Feb. 15, 2007, of be­tween 12 and 24 months.

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