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E-cigarettes are ousted from the US market

05/06/2016 - 15:13

Electronic cigarettes are now equated to normal in the US. Now, they will not be sold to minors, the ingredients will be regulated, new models will be subject to licensing. The new federal regulations take effect in August this year.

In addition, the electronic cigarette manufacturers will be required to provide their products for testing to the Office of sanitary inspection of the Food and Drug Administration. The new rules also affect cigars and tobacco for pipes and hookahs.

According to a study conducted by the Ministry of Health of the United States, consumption of electronic cigarettes among students has increased from 1.5% in 2011 to 16% in 2015. The researchers also found out that hookah tobacco is enjoying increasing popularity.

The new rules require sellers to confirm age of the tobacco buyers and prohibit sale of tobacco products in vending machines.

Electronic cigarettes do not contain tar and chemicals found in cigarette tobacco, and are often used by those who want to quit smoking. At the same time, they contain nicotine, which is addictive.
According to the US Minister of Health and Social Services Sylvia Burwell, the introduction of new rules was "an important step towards a non-smoker generation."

In addition, the electronic cigarette manufacturers are now forbidden to advertise the product using the words "light" and "mild". According to official figures, demand for electronic cigarettes dramatically increased after introduction of restrictions on the tobacco in the United States.

The new rules embody struggle for generation of non-smokers. According to some estimates, smoking causes 480,000 deaths in the country annually. There are about 40 million smokers in the US.

Previously, United States Department of Transportation adopted a ban on smoking electronic cigarettes on airplanes.

The ban will be valid on flights of American and foreign companies that fly across the United States. New rules equate conventional and electronic cigarettes.

The department clarify that the ban protects passengers from unwanted exposure to the aerosol emitted from this type of devices. It is noted that studies have found a number of harmful chemicals in the devices.

Until now, scientists have not reached a consensus on the harm of electronic cigarettes. Some studies prove thier harmlessness in comparison with the traditional tobacco. Other incriminate liquid for e-cigarettes in production of free radicals and even potential danger of developing cancer. However, it has not been proven clinically. In comments to the news about the recent study, American Internet users have noted that the main investor of the Institute, which organized the study, is a major tobacco company.
According to the president of the American Vaping Association Gregory Conley, changes in the law will lead to closure of many small companies producing electronic cigarettes and liquids. "Thousands of small businesses will be closed in two or three years" - said Greg Conley. As a result, he said, the regulation can lead to a complete ban on circulation of electronic cigarettes.