Aug. 5, 2016
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday will begin regulating e-cigarettes, making them more difficult for minors to access and requiring some products to undergo rigorous, expensive scientific review.
The regulations are part of the 2009 Tobacco Control Act, in which Congress gave the FDA authority to regulate tobacco and nicotine products. The FDA announced abruptly in May that it would extend its authority more broadly, also including hookahs and premium cigars.
Beginning Monday, buyers who look younger than 27 must show their ID to be able to purchase e-cigarettes, and undercover agents will go into stores to make sure no minors are buying them. They will no longer be allowed to be sold in vending machines, unless they are in adult-only facilities, and distributors will no longer be allowed to provide customers with free samples.