FDA Changes to E Cigarettes

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 04/24 2014 05:44PM

Updated 04/24 2014 05:52PM

ALTOONA - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new proposal this morning to begin regulating electronic cigarettes as well as pipe tobacco and cigars. 
Once the FDA proposal is approved, new regulations will prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. They would be banned from vending machines, and would carry a warning label that nicotine is addictive.
Just like regular cigarette manufacturers, e-cigarette makers would also have to register with the FDA and provide a list of all ingredients that go into their products
Holly Loupe, the Vice President of Vape Vibe in Altoona and Johnstown, said she can see some benefits to these proposed regulations. She said they don't sell to anyone who is under the age of 18 and also put all their ingredients right on their e-liquids.
They also are all about educating people on how to use these products, and they warn customers that nicotine is addictive and it can be poisonous if it gets on your skin.
However, they just don't want to see these regulations impact their business of offering an alternative to smoking.
"We're already actively on our own doing these things to educate people on how to use the product. You know, child lock lids, not a big deal. Just as long as we don't have to deny our customers access to this product."
Loupe did say she is worried about the process her company would have to go through to add more flavors.

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