Why Won’t The FDA Make Up Their Minds on Electronic Cigarettes?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking their sweet time on deciding how to regulate electronic cigarettes. Like most of you kravers, the KRAVE® team wanted to know what concerns are causing the FDA to hesitate on making a decision.

FDA Regulation

The FDA has been trying to decide how to regulate the distribution, marketing and sales of electronic cigarettes since the products became prevalent in the U.S. market in 2008. As of now, the FDA currently regulates e-cigarettes that are marketed for therapeutic purposes.

A proposed amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, provided by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, will allow the FDA to authorize the regulation of e-cigarettes like they already do for cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, smokeless tobacco and other products meeting the statutory definition of a “tobacco product.”

If the proposed amendment passes, the FDA will treat e-cigs like they do tobacco products.

Health Concerns

E-cigarettes are considered a “tobacco product,” because the nicotine in the liquid comes form the roots and leaves of the tobacco plant. Multiple research studies have been conducted on the safety and health risks of e-cigs.

While the results from these studies are mostly positive, the FDA believes researchers have only scratched the surface. The concern is that electronic cigarettes are too new for research to confirm any long-term health risks associated with vaping or second-hand exposure.

Use of Electronic Cigarettes

Everyone has a unique story that explains why he or she is making the switch to e-cigs. Some people make the switch because they want to live a clean lifestyle. Others enjoy the freedom they have to choose how much or how little nicotine they want to inhale.

The FDA is asking a lot of questions, there are two big ones that need to be answered. Should e-cigarettes be classified as smoking cessation devices and will e-cigs get young people hooked on nicotine? They are trying to determine the answer by collecting data on how and why people use e-cigarettes.

Speak Out

The FDA is conducting research and collecting testimonials on how people use e-cigs and the effects of vaping. Kravers, share your vaping experience with the FDA by contacting them through the website:


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