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The linked map shows U.S. federal and state laws that regulate the required age for purchase, possession, and use of e-cigarettes, product definitions for e-cigarettes, nicotine ingredient requirements and whether states include e-cigarette use in their definition of smoking. It also includes sale and use location restrictions, licensing requirements, as well as product packaging and online purchasing requirements.
Seven public health and medical groups, and several individual pediatricians, filed suit in federal court in Maryland challenging a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision that allows electronic cigarettes and cigars – including candy-flavored products that appeal to kids – to stay on the market for years without being reviewed by the agency. Although the groups strongly support the FDA’s new efforts to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels, they also believe that the FDA’s August 2017 decision to exempt e-cigarettes and cigars from agency review for years to come is unlawful and harms public health.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s comprehensive plan announced last summer to regulate tobacco and nicotine first-and-foremost seeks to better protect the nation’s youth, as well as future generations, from the disease and death caused by tobacco use. They are issuing an advance notice of proposed rule making (ANPRM) and calling upon all stakeholders to share data, research and information that can inform our process for examining the role that flavors – including menthol – play in initiation, use and cessation of tobacco products.