FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun the process of subjecting e-cigarettes to federal regulation.  The proposed rules, which may not be adopted for many months, treat e-cigarettes similarly to other tobacco products.  For instance, they would ban the sale of the devices to minors, require manufacturers to register with and provide ingredients to the FDA, and subject manufacturers to FDA inspections. 

Most city officials will not have concerns with the proposed regulations, and the League will monitor their implementation to ensure that municipal authority relating to smoking (or “vaping”) in public places remains intact. 

The 241-page proposal is available at:



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