FDA Announces Plan to Regulate E-Cigarettes

The agency's proposed regulations include warning labels and a ban on sales to minors.
1:43 | 04/24/14

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We -- begin this half hour with a big change coming for those who make and use electronic cigarettes you know once seen as a way for smokers to wean themselves off the real thing. They have recently come under fire from health officials just this morning the FDA announced its action plan ABC's Molly hunter has the story. When -- cigarette first appeared it was promised to be the tool to help smokers quit. It offered nicotine without the cancer inducing -- and the pleasures of smoking without secondhand smoke. More than a decade after hitting the -- -- FDA officials announced this morning they now have the authority to regulate. -- no regulatory oversight in being marketed in ways that are very -- some. The electronic version uses liquid nicotine it's highly addictive. -- -- -- So we worry that kids will see them -- entirely safe but we'll start using them because some way to get nicotine. -- caffeine or another sort of common drug. But from there -- want more the one -- faster at the bigger hit. -- the feel that well if they got a little bit more be easier to study and that the move from that as a bridge product. And to smoking actual cigarette. The crackdown -- -- makers to apply to the FDA before hitting shelves there -- be warning labels and a ban on sales to minors. But it may take more than two years -- current products to be approved and then once approved at the labels will warn of addiction. We won't see those big scary labels warning of death and lung cancer likely see on cigarette packs.

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