The Obama Administration, through FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, recently responded to a 5,700 signature petition to support the “emerging technology” of electronic cigarettes.
The Administration declined to provide the requested support, claiming that electronic cigarettes “may” contain toxic ingredients and could be attractive to minors, thereby potentially serving as a pathway to other tobacco products. The Administration stated it “cannot at this time” determine that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking, based on the lack of information regarding harmful chemicals and nicotine levels.
FDA noted that it is taking steps to assert jurisdiction over e-cigarettes, consistent with its authority under the Tobacco Control Act. Such regulations were expected last fall and are now expected later this year.