By Joyce Frieden, News Editor, MedPage Today
Published: April 26, 2011
WASHINGTON — The FDA will regulate electronic cigarettes the same way it regulates other tobacco products, the agency has announced.
The government has decided not to appeal a federal appeals court decision holding that e-cigarettes and other products made or derived from tobacco can be regulated as “tobacco products” under federal law “and are not drugs or devices unless they are marketed for therapeutic purposes,” Lawrence R. Deyton, MD, the director of the agency’s Center for Tobacco Products, and Janet Woodcock, MD, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, wrote in a letter to stakeholders.
E-cigarettes are battery-powered metallic tubes that resemble traditional cigarettes and are filled with a liquid nicotine mixture derived from tobacco, as well as flavors and other chemicals. The liquid is converted into a vapor that the user inhales. Read the rest of this entry »