WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it will regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others.
Until now, the FDA could only regulate cigarettes and cigarette-related products and smokeless tobacco.
“This action is a milestone in consumer protection — going forward, the FDA will be able to review new tobacco products not yet on the market, help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and how they are made, and communicate the potential risks of tobacco products,” the FDA said in announcing the changes.
The rules will forbid the sale of e-cigarettes to those younger than 18 and will allow the government to regulate the contents of the products.
The FDA attempted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes after a 2009 study that found detectable levels of carcinogens and toxic chemicals in e-cigarette samples. But a court ruled in 2010 that the FDA had not cited evidence of harm.