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New FDA Regulations on E-Cigarettes
5th May 2016
Vaporizers, E-Cigs, and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS)
 
What do ENDS look like?
Electronic Nicotine Delivery System Products

Vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), and e-pipes are some of the many types of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS).

These products use liquid containing nicotine, as well as varying compositions of flavorings, propylene glycol, glycerin, and other ingredients. The liquid is heated into an aerosol that the user inhales.

What do ENDS look like?

Many ENDS are manufactured to look like conventional cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. Some resemble pens or other everyday items. Larger devices such as tank systems or mods bear little or no resemblance to cigarettes.
On this page, you can find:

    Statistics about ENDS Use
    FDA Regulation of ENDS
    Manufacturing ENDS and E-Liquids
    Nicotine Warning Statement
    Retail Sales of ENDS, E-Liquids, or their Components or Parts Made or   Derived    from Tobacco
    Vape Shops That Mix E-Liquids or Modify Products
    Importing ENDS and E-Liquids
    Report Adverse Experiences and Product Violations

Statistics about ENDS Use

    More than 3 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2015, up from an estimated 2.46 million in 2014.1, 2
     Sixteen percent of high school and 5.3 percent of middle school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2015, making e-cigarettes the most commonly used tobacco product among youth for the second consecutive year.1
    During 2011-2015, e-cigarette use rose from 1.5 percent to 16.0 percent among high school students and from 0.6 percent to 5.3 percent among middle school students.1
    In 2013-2014, 81% of current youth e-cigarette users cited the availability of appealing flavors as the primary reason for use.3
     In 2014, 12.6% of U.S. adults had ever tried an e-cigarette, and about 3.7% of adults used e-cigarettes daily or some days.4

FDA Regulation of ENDS

In 2016, FDA finalized a rule extending our regulatory authority to cover all tobacco products, including vaporizers, vape pens, hookah pens, electronic cigarettes (e-cigs), e-pipes, and all other ENDS. FDA now regulates the manufacture, import, packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion, sale, and distribution of ENDS. This includes components and parts of ENDS* but excludes accessories.

However, products marketed for therapeutic purposes (for example, marketed as a product to help people quit smoking) are regulated by the FDA through the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). FDA recently proposed a rule clarifying the jurisdiction over tobacco products, drugs, and devices.
Components

Electronic Nicotine Delivery System components

*“Components” or “parts” include, among other things, software or an assembly of materials intended or reasonably expected alter or affect the tobacco product’s performance, composition, constituents, or characteristics; or to be used with or for the human consumption of a tobacco product. For a full definition of ENDS components, parts, and accessories, please read the Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Examples of components and parts of ENDS include, but are not limited to:

    E-liquids
    A glass or plastic vial container of e-liquid
    Cartridges
    Atomizers
    Certain batteries
    Cartomizers and clearomizers
    Digital display or lights to adjust settings
    Tank systems
    Drip tips
    Flavorings for ENDS
    Programmable software

Manufacturing ENDS and E-Liquids

If you manufacture ENDS, these are some requirements that apply to you:

    Submit an application and obtain FDA authorization to market a new tobacco product (for timelines and more details please see Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act)
    Register establishment(s) and submit product listing to FDA by December 31, 2016 (this currently only applies to domestic manufacturers)
    Submit listing of ingredients
    Submit information on harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs)
    Submit tobacco health documents
    Do not introduce into interstate commerce modified risk tobacco products (e.g., products with label, labeling, or advertising representing that they reduce risk or are less harmful compared to other tobacco products on the market) without an FDA order
    Manufacture your tobacco product with the required warning statement on packaging and advertisements
    Market your tobacco product in compliance with other applicable statutory requirements, rules and regulations

CTP’s Office of Small Business Assistance can answer specific questions about requirements of small businesses and how to comply with the law. This office also provides online educational resources to help regulated industry understand FDA regulations and policies.
Nicotine Warning Statement

The product packages and advertisements of all newly-regulated covered tobacco products must bear the following warning statement:


Royal College of Physicians England
4th May 2016
Smokers should be encouraged to use e-cigarettes as they are much safer than smoking tobacco, the Royal College of Physicians has recommended.

A report by its Tobacco Advisory Group has concluded that e-cigarettes are likely to benefit public health in the UK, and that smokers can be reassured about using them.

FDA
3rd May 2016
Public health officials in the United States generally regard e-cigarettes as a new pathway to addiction, unlike those in Great Britain, who look at them as a safer way to feed a nicotine habit or to stop smoking tobacco entirely.

Now, seven top tobacco control experts from around the world are cautioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to keep an open mind on the topic.

"We believe that the discussion to date has been slanted against e-cigarettes, which is unfortunate, because the big picture tells us that these products appear to be used mostly by people who aready are or who are likely to become cigarette smokers," said David T. Levy, PhD, a professor in the department of oncology at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.

Will the FDA pay attention, we hope so.

Britian
28th April 2016
Taking a stance sharply at odds with most American public health officials, a major British medical organization urged smokers to switch to electronic cigarettes, saying they are the best hope in generations for people addicted to tobacco cigarettes to quit.

The recommendation, laid out in a report published Thursday by the Royal College of Physicians, summarizes the growing body of science on e-cigarettes and finds that their benefits far outweigh the potential harms. It concludes resoundingly that, at least so far, the devices are helping people more than harming them, and that the worries about them — including that using them will lead young people to eventually start smoking traditional cigarettes — have not come to pass.

Congress supporting e-cigarettes
28th April 2016
The 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill may not seem like a stirring piece of legislation to most, but it raised quite a few eyebrows last week as it passed through a House subcommittee with a key amendment—one that aims to spare the vast majority of electronic cigarettes from impending federal regulations.

The bipartisan effort to protect the burgeoning e-cig market is just the latest in a long-smoldering debate reignited by the Food and Drug Administration’s plans this year to begin regulating the new devices as it does traditional tobacco products.


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Smoking Bans and Safe Spaces

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Christopher Snowdon's summary of e-cigarettes and the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)

Published on 2016-05-04 14:30:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Legal challenges to EU Tobacco Products Directive fail

Published on 2016-05-04 09:48:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Harvard Medical School Teams Up with Makers of Bacardi Rum, Smirnoff Vodka, Jim Beam Bourbon, and Jack Daniels Whiskey, Providing Great PR at Bargain

Published on 2016-05-04 00:21:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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Smoking In Movies

Published on 2016-05-03 23:19:08.
Website: Frank Davis

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Anheuser Busch "Smart Drinking" Initiative is a Complete Farce

Published on 2016-05-03 17:13:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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Last Orders: Episode 2

Published on 2016-05-03 10:46:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Losing Touch

Published on 2016-05-02 23:04:54.
Website: Frank Davis

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ASH And Tobacco Control Caused All Vaping Bans

Published on 2016-05-02 18:46:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Smoking Ban News from Russia

Published on 2016-05-01 23:08:28.
Website: Frank Davis

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Research Forum Claiming that Moderate Drinking Improves Health is Deliberately Hiding Its Conflicts of Interest with Big Alcohol

Published on 2016-05-01 18:59:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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The Big Scream

Published on 2016-04-30 19:48:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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A Surprising Response

Published on 2016-04-29 23:01:31.
Website: Frank Davis

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Majority Schmajority, Who Cares?

Published on 2016-04-29 16:53:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Meanwhile in Brussels...

Published on 2016-04-29 16:03:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Throwback Thursday: April 28th, 1986 (30 Years Ago): Anti-Tobacco Groups Blast Cigarette Companies for Not Supporting Development of a Safer Cigarette

Published on 2016-04-28 14:44:00.
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Royal College of Physicians Report Recommends Widespread Promotion of Electronic Cigarettes for Smoking Cessation

Published on 2016-04-27 23:02:00.
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The WHO's Dictatorship World Tour

Published on 2016-04-26 18:40:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Simultaneously Published Studies Demonstrate Severe Bias in E-Cigarette Research

Published on 2016-04-26 11:35:00.
Website: The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary

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On processed foods

Published on 2016-04-25 15:28:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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DNC Chair Mistakenly Claims that Cole Amendment Will Make it Harder to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Published on 2016-04-25 09:53:00.
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Chapman: Accidental Or Deliberate Stupidity?

Published on 2016-04-24 21:20:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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Water, water everywhere

Published on 2016-04-24 11:49:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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Link Tank 23/04

Published on 2016-04-23 09:10:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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More Fun With Public Health And E-cigs

Published on 2016-04-21 21:13:00.
Website: Dick Puddlecote

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No, the EU won't be changing

Published on 2016-04-21 14:54:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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The nanny state we're in

Published on 2016-04-21 09:36:00.
Website: Velvet Glove, Iron Fist

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