The federal government wants to prohibit sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA is asking to extend its oversight of tobacco to include cigars, hookah, nicotine gels, pipe tobacco and dissolvable tobacco products.
The Food and Drug Administration proposal being issued today would ban sales to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels.
Companies also would be required to register their products with the agency and disclose ingredients, among other things.
A 2009 law that gave the FDA authority to regulate tobacco but so far have only focused on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.
The new proposal won't immediately mean changes for the popular battery-powered electronic cigarettes that heat liquid nicotine, but the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing industry.
The move comes as members of Congress and public health groups have raised concerns over e-cigarettes and questioned their marketing tactics.
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