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Local reaction to FDA proposed regulations on e-cigarettes

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Madison (WKOW)-- The U.S Food and Drug Administration has released new requirements for e-cigarettes and the manufacturers who make them. The new requirements were proposed Wednesday morning and the FDA is looking for public comment on them for the next 75 days.

E-cigarettes first became popular around 2006. Since then they've spread into every major city in America. One shop in Madison, Huffle Puff Vapes, opened less than three months ago on the city's East Side, but owner Kevin DeBauch has sold electronic cigarettes online for years.

"I think these regulations will grow the consumer confidence in our product. We have always adhered to policies which are actually stricter than what the FDA is approving," DeBauch says.

These regulations include:

-Manufacturers must register with the FDA and report product and ingredient listings
-No distribution of free samples
-Minors are prohibited from buying e-cigarettes. Each individual state has the right to make the age requirement even higher
-Direct and implied claims of reducing health risks must be confirmed by scientific evidence
-Health warnings must be posted on all packaging
-Cannot be sold in vending machines unless it's a facility that never admits youth

Besides proposing new regulations, the FDA is also commissioning new research projects to study e-cigarettes. One of these studies is currently going on in Madison.

"This is just very fundamental research to see what are the patterns of use like. Do they have similar withdrawal symptoms? Do they have the same kind of craving?," UW Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention researcher Douglas Jorenby says.

"There are over 250 different brands of e-cigarettes that are sold in just the states. A lot of them are being imported. We know very little about how they're being made, what kind of quality controls are in place."

Jorenby and his team are surveying two groups of traditional smokers and e-cigarette smokers. The goal of their study is to determine if e-cigarettes truly have the potential to ween people off of traditional cigarettes. Or if e-cigarettes are more likely to create an entirely new addiction.

Even though researchers do know that e-cigarette vapor doesn't carry many of the toxins and chemicals traditional cigarette smoke does, they think the nicotine inside could be causing other health risks to users.

"Certainly, we don't know really the full long-term affects of nicotine itself, but we do know that it's far less harmful than smoking," DeBauch says.

The FDA has issued a 75 day comment period for people to voice their opinions on these new regulations.
You can begin to give public comment on Friday by clicking this link.


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Madison (WKOW)-- The U.S Food and Drug Administration has released new requirements for e-cigarettes and the manufacturers who make them. The new requirements were proposed Wednesday morning and the FDA is looking for public comment on them for the next 75 days.

These regulations include:

-Manufacturers must register with the FDA and report product and ingredient listings
-Retailers can not distribute free samples
-No minors shall be allowed to buy e-cigarettes. Each individual state has the right to make the age requirement even higher
-Direct and implied claims of reducing health risks must be confirmed by scientific evidence
-Health warnings must be posted on all packaging
-Cannot be sold in vending machines unless it's a facility that never admits youth

Tonight on 27 News at 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. we'll have local reaction from medical experts and shop owners in Madison.

You can begin to give public comment on Friday by clicking this link.





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