The FDA has sent warning letters to five manufacturers of e-cigarettes telling them that they cannot market the devices as a way to quit smoking without FDA approval.
If manufacturers claim that e-cigarettes treat a disease — in this case, nicotine addiction — they have to prove to the FDA that the product is both safe and effective for its intended use. All five manufactures say that the products help users to stop smoking, but none have sought FDA approval.
In addition, FDA intends to regulate e-cigarettes under its new powers from the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. In a letter to the Electronic Cigarette Association, the FDA said,
FDA intends to regulate electronic cigarettes and related products in a manner consistent with its mission of protecting the public health.
Currently e-cigarettes contain no health warnings, and marketing is often targeted at young people. Read the rest of this entry »