Health Matters: FDA Takes First Steps Toward E-Cigarette Regulation

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The popularity of e-cigarettes has exploded in recent years with virtually no regulation or control, but that's about to change.

The Food and Drug Administration has taken it's first steps toward regulating e-cigarettes. "Next vapor spot" in Fayetteville says steps need to be added for safety.

"The e-liquid needs to be regulated, it needs to be clean and they need to make sure everything that's in there is safe. It's illegal to buy cigarettes so it just makes sense to be of age to do that."

The FDA's proposed regulations do not ban flavored e-cigarettes which many believe are meant to attract young people. They also don't ban on-line sales or TV commercials.

The FDA proposal would require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients of their products which contain at the very least nicotine and water along with any number of other unknown chemicals.

An e-cigarette industry spokesman welcomes quality control regulation of liquid nicotine ingredients, saying it would make a better, safer product.

"You find companies now basically mixing this product in the back rooms of their shop and they don't have the proper settings to do so," says Ray Story.

The rules would also affect cigars, hookahs, and nicotine gels.

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