Proposal would allow FDA to regulate E-cigarettes and other products

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The FDA wants to start regulating more tobacco products.

The proposal would allow the FDA to have authority over products such as e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels and certain dissolvables that aren’t “smokeless tobacco".

Makers of these products would have to follow several requirements, including reporting the ingredients in products. There would also be a minimum age and ID restrictions.

There couldn’t be claims about these products, unless the FDA confirms scientific evidence supports the claim and there’s a public health benefit to marketing it.

The La Crosse County Health Department said it’s happy with the FDA’s proposal, but one tobacco shops said the proposal is somewhat intrusive.

“It really is a free for all out there right now, and you as the consumer do not know that, and do not know what it is you’re truly purchasing,” said health educator, Judi Zabel.

“I think it’s a good idea for people to pay attention to what they’re putting into their bodies, and to really look at what they’re smoking, but I do also think they’re kind of sticking their hands where it doesn’t belong,” said Azara manager Craig Amorose.

The FDA said there will be a public comment period on the proposal that last 75 days. It said it’s too soon to say when its proposal could go into effect.

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