The U.S Food and Drug Administration introduced a proposal on Tuesday, in hopes of getting electronic cigarette manufacturers to put on warning labels and child resistant packaging on bottles of liquid nicotine.
FDA proposed laws in April 2014, which included banning the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 18 and requirement of manufacturers to submit their products for federal approval, and it is going to start implementing those laws in the next 2 months.
This proposal marks the second regulatory action on e-cigarettes, allowing some oversight of the $3.5 billion industry.
Starting Tuesday FDA will take public consensus over a 60-day period in a bid to determine whether bottles of nicotine should require warning labels and childproof packaging.
This concern comes forward due to a recent increase in nicotine exposure and poisoning incidents. News of e-cigarette-related nicotine poisoning in children from California has increased to 154 in 2014 from 7 in 2012 states a January report by the California Department of Public Health.
FDA will weigh those reports before proposing a rule and the agency will take additional public feedback before a rule is finally issued.
FDA is speeding up the process it takes to get a rule passed, which may be up to a year, by going to the public for a consensus before it has oversight of the industry.
FDA has the backing of federal and state lawmakers to regulate e-cigarettes. They all have expressed their concern about nicotine poisonings and a report by the Center For Disease Control and Prevention in April, which states that e-cigarette use among teens, has tripled between 2013 and 2014.
Until any sort of law has passed, local authorities in many states and cities have brought into action their own rules, banning e-cigarette sales to the underage and a ban on the indoor use of e-cigarettes. More than 40 states and 100 cities have implemented these bans.
The FDA views laws proposed on the e-cigarette as ‘complicated law-making’ thus it states that it needs more time. The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act helped the agency gain control over cigarettes, but the act did not apply to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine products because they had not reached the market as yet.