The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has passed several regulations relating to e-cigarettes and vaporizers including banning the sale of these devices to minors. According to a report in The New York Times, the new law will also require those buying these popular nicotine delivery devices to show photo identification to prove their age. These regulations have been a long time coming. It is estimated that nearly 10 million adults use these devices in the United States.
Mandates for More Transparency
The new regulations, which will take effect in 90 days, will help establish oversight of what has been totally unregulated. The laws also require the producers of cigarettes and cigars to register with the FDA, provide a detailed accounting of their products’ ingredients and reveal their manufacturing processes and scientific data.
Producers will be subject to FDA inspections and will not be able to market as “light” or “mild” unless they receive approval to do so from the FDA. This law will also apply to the many vaping shops that have sprung up nationwide. These shops mix their own e-cigarette liquids, making them producers under the law. So, now, they will need to divulge what exactly goes into those liquids.
Youth are Biggest E-Cig Users
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released results of its studies, which showed that e-cig use among high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014. It grew from 4.5 percent in 2013 to 13.4 percent in 2014, increasing from 660,000 to 2 million students. E-cigarettes also gained in popularity among junior high kids from 120,000 in 2013 to 450,000 in 2014, a 3.9 percent increase in just one year. Even though traditional cigarette use has declined among youth, use of hookahs and e-cigarettes significantly increased. Experts and advocates attribute this increase to the e-cigarette industry pumping billions of dollars into advertising and product placement.
The adverse health effects of e-cigarettes are causing a major concern. Also, a recent study done by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health found the chemical diacetyl, which has been linked to cases of severe respiratory disease, in more than 75 percent of flavored e-cigarettes and refill liquids. Two other related, potentially harmful compounds were also found in many of the tested flavors in varieties with potential appeal to youth such as cotton candy, cupcake and fruit squirts.
If you or a loved one has suffered adverse health effects as a result of using e-cigarettes, you may be able to receive compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. An experienced California e-cigarette lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.