The federal government is moving to require e cigarette retailers to report to the Food and Drug Administration their e-cigarette ingredient lists, potentially forcing companies to put new restrictions on their products.
The rule, which is expected to take effect next month, is part of a sweeping push to curb tobacco sales that’s seen e-cigarettes soar in popularity in recent years, with some estimating that by 2020 there will be 1.5 billion vaping devices worldwide.
But it’s unclear how the new rules would work and whether they would require e-cig makers to voluntarily put them on their websites.
“This is about consumer safety,” said Bill Goodman, vice president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, which helped draft the rule.
“We know the majority of Americans don’t want to be exposed to this kind of dangerous and addictive tobacco.
This rule is about preventing people from being exposed to these products that are dangerous.”
The Food and Food Drug Administration has long required companies to report the ingredients in their e cigarette products, but the new rule would require them to provide the information to the agency and report the information voluntarily.
“There is no place in the marketplace for e-liquids that do not meet FDA’s requirements for flavorings, nicotine content, and the presence of hazardous materials,” the agency said in a statement.
“These ingredients can be hazardous and should not be used in a product.”
The FDA has been pushing for e cigarette companies to disclose their ingredients since the early 2000s, and in 2015 it released a draft rule to help inform the public about the health risks posed by e-cigs.
It required that all e-liquid manufacturers must provide a list of the ingredients, and a public-health advisory panel recommended e-vapor companies use that information to determine if they had sufficient control over their products, such as ingredients that are known to cause cancer or reproductive damage.
“We are committed to working with FDA and all stakeholders to help protect the public from harmful e-products and keep the public safe from harm,” the FDA said in its statement.
The agency has also issued warnings about the potential harm of e-coli, which have led to the deaths of nearly 6,500 people in the United States in the last year.
It has also been pushing e-juice manufacturers to include warnings on their packaging, which could help smokers quit.
In February, the FDA announced that it was sending more than 1,000 samples of e juice and flavors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for testing.
It said those samples were more than half of the samples that were sent to FDA labs in 2015, which has resulted in fewer deaths from e-viability.
But Goodman said that the FDA did not include any e-fountain cartridges or other cartridges that could be used to vaporize a liquid without using a battery, as those are considered the most widely used in the U.S. and have the highest risk of causing a fire.
He said e-battery-powered devices are particularly dangerous because they don’t require a battery.
“A battery in a vape is a battery that has to be charged and it’s basically a piece of electronics that needs to be plugged into a wall outlet,” he said.
“It’s not a portable battery.
It’s not portable batteries.””
They are essentially portable batteries that have no safety,” he added.
The new rule will be a major victory for the Campaign to Stop Tobacco, which advocates for the use of e cigarettes.
“Our campaign worked hard to get this rule,” said Andrew Kimball, director of campaigns for the group.
“E-cigarettes are the safest way to quit smoking, and we’re confident this rule will make it easier for people to quit.”
The new rules also would require the FDA to make public all e cigarette manufacturers’ labeling requirements, which are known as the “Ecig Labeling and Labeling Requirements.”
These requirements include warnings that they are dangerous, that they contain nicotine, that their nicotine levels are high, and that they could cause cancer.
“The FDA must require e cig companies to make these labels mandatory, but they also have to require them voluntarily to disclose what ingredients they used in their vaping products,” Goodman said.
“If they can’t, they can force them to put them into the public domain.”
But Goodman noted that the new regulations are still years away from being finalized and that there are many unanswered questions.
“In many ways, this is a step in the right direction,” he told The Washington Times.
“But it’s not enough to stop e-smokers from using e-tobacco, because they still have the ability to get cigarettes on the market.”
“We can’t stop e cigarette use, but we can stop the tobacco industry from getting a foothold in the market, and they’re trying to do that with this rule.”