Tobacco – June 23, 2016

U.S. E-Cigarette Regulations – 50 State Review (2016)

The Tobacco Control Legal Consortium Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center at the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law recently updated an online interactive map summarizing state e-cigarette regulations. The map is based on a survey of state statutes pertaining to e-cigarette regulations in the following areas: definition of “tobacco product,” taxation, product packaging, youth access/other retail restrictions, retail license/permit requirement, and smoke-free air legislation.

Electronic Cigarette Use Among Working Adults — United States, 2014
In 2014, an estimated 5.5 million (3.8%) of 146 million U.S. working adults were current e-cigarette users. The highest e-cigarette use prevalence was among workers in accommodation and food services (6.9%) industry, and among workers in food preparation and serving related occupations (6.8%). Higher prevalence of e-cigarette use among certain groups, coupled with uncertainties regarding the safety of e-cigarette use and the effect of e-cigarette use on patterns of conventional tobacco use, underscore the importance of continued public health surveillance of e-cigarette use among U.S. working adults. See this CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for more information.

White House Removes Flavored E-Cigarette Language from FDA Deeming Rule The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) removed language from FDA’s rule extending tobacco regulation authority to include e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah, and pipe tobacco. FDA’s release originally included a rule that e-liquid manufacturers would have to submit an application for market authorization in order to continue selling their products, but OMB removed this rule and FDA’s scientific rational for including this rule.




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