Regulation of Electronic Cigarette
After the electronic cigarette was introduced in 2006, tons of consumers immediately purchased the product. Suddenly it became famous and there was so much hype about it.Several shops are giving away coupon codes to consumer containing discounts and freebies. However, several countries, agencies, organizations, and individuals became concerned about various issues regarding electronic cigarette.
Electronic Cigarette Ban
It was in March 2008 when the electronic cigarette was first banned in Turkey. Director Mahmut Tokar of the Health Ministry Drugs and Pharmacy claimed that it is the same with traditional cigarettes and just as harmful as it is. In September of the same year, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that they don’t believe that it is a legitimate smoking cessation aid. In addition, they ordered the manufacturers to remove the statements in their packaging materials saying that WHO announced it as safe and effective.
Several countries also banned electronic cigarettes including Australia, Jordan, Canada, Hong Kong, Panama, Brasil, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Singapore, Argentina, Holland, and Venezuela. All of these countries are concerned with the health problems that people may get from using electronic cigarettes. Moreover, they believed that it is still the same as smoking a traditional cigarette.
Regulation by the FDA
It was only in 2009 that the Food & Drug Authority was given the power to regulate the manufacturing, labeling, marketing, and distribution of all tobacco products in the US. It happened due to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that was signed by the previous president Barack Obama. It was followed by a court rule allowing FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products in 2010.
However, it was only last year that FDA issued rules regarding its regulation. Some of the rules are:
- Tobacco products that are used for therapeutic purposes will be regulated under the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). These products are stated to help smokers to quit.
- Stores can’t sell electronic cigarettes to those who are under 18 years old.
- Manufacturers need to undergo “pre market preview” with their products sold after February 15, 2007. It will help FDA determine if it’s safe to be sold in the market.
Companies are given a timeline of 18 months to 2 years to prepare their application and required documents. Therefore, it will take a couple of years before electronic cigarettes are officially allowed to be sold.