LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - E-cigarettes are growing in popularity as a smokeless alternative, but the government has no idea what's in them or if they're dangerous. The FDA wants to change all that.
The Food and Drug Administration, the FDA, is announcing it wants to regulate e-cigarettes. They want hundreds of e-cigarette manufacturers to register, so government scientists can determine if they're a health hazard.
With flavors like strawberry and mint, anti-smoking advocates fear they're being marketed to children. If the rule passes, it would immediately make e-cigarettes off limits to kids. But that may not happen anytime soon. This is just a "proposed rule."
The FDA still has to get input from the public, and industry experts. All that can take up to a year or more.