Starting today, new federal regulations for electronic cigarettes are going into effect. The Food and Drug Administration is requiring greater scrutiny of the products and as FOX 25/48’s Jessica Bringe tells us, is making it more difficult for minors to vape.
Stricter rules concerning minors and tobacco products are taking effect.
“It’s a big financial cost to get up to date with all the regulations of the FDA but, in general, it’s for the public safety.”
While Wisconsin law already prohibited selling to minors.
“We’re very strict at Azara about IDing any consumer that comes through the door to make sure they’re on the up and up.”
The FDA is stopping shops like Azara vape bar from giving free samples to customers.
“We actually just ceased sampling of all our products. We do allow people to smell the different vapor flavors but again that’s just to be able to smell it so they know kind of what it’s going to taste like”
The FDA regulations are coming into effect at a time when anti-tobacco groups are raising concerns that e-cigarettes may increasingly become a gateway to other tobacco products.
“We see youth using e-cigarettes more than they’re using traditional cigarettes. It’s about 6 and a half percent of Eau Claire County high school youth using traditional cigarettes and about 12 and a half using e-cigarettes.”
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department says with a lack of research on electronic nicotine devices, the rules may help regulate manufacturing.
“There was not consistency in terms of what products and the amount of a certain product was actually in each product that was being sold.”
And with the CDC reporting e-cig use increasing 900 percent over the past five years, the department says it’s a good time to enhance vaping regulations.
“We’re seeing the biggest concern with products like e-cigarettes, I think across the board nationally. Locally we’re seeing the same thing so I think it really does center on the e-cigarette products.”
In Eau Claire, FOX 25/48 News at Nine.
The FDA will have to approve all e-cigarette products that have been available since 2007, meaning nearly every product must go through an application process to determine whether it can continue to be sold.