FDA to regulate e-cigarettes, other products

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Washington, D.C. (CNN) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it will now regulate all tobacco-related products, including electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco.

Once in effect, the new rules will prohibit the sale of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to anyone under the age of 18. It will also require the display of health warnings on all product packages and in advertisements.

Additionally, the FDA will be able to review new tobacco products not yet on the market.

The FDA said it will also control all of the parts and components of tobacco. For e-cigarettes, that would include e-liquids, atomizers, batteries, flavors, vials that contain e-liquids and programmable software.

The move comes amid growing concern about the long-term health effects of e-cig vapor, and an increase in vaping by teen smokers.

Stores will have to comply with the rule in around three months.

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