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FDA steps in on E-Cigarettes, other products

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The Food and Drug Administration proposed a plan today that would "extend the agency's tobacco authority to cover additional tobacco products."

E-Cigarettes are at forefront of this plan, although they are a battery-powered device that only "simulates" tobacco use. Cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, hookah tobacco and dissolvables are also included -- none which have been regulated by the FDA.

The guidelines in the plan would hold these products to the same standard that cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are under.

According to an FDA press release, makers of these products would have to register with the FDA and report product and ingredient listings, while also only marketing new products after FDA review.

The FDA says they must confirm with scientific evidence any claim of reduced risks.

Free samples would not be permitted to be distributed.

The plan would also set 18 as an age to purchase products, require health warnings and would prohibit vending machine sales "unless in a facility that never admits youth."

A 75-day public comment session is in effect
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