No Proposal to Ban E-Cigarette Sales Online: FDA

Published in CSP Daily News

Regulators clarify earlier report

WASHINGTON -- The Food & Drug Administration has issued a clarification related to a Wall Street Journal story that reported the regulators are considering banning online sales of electronic cigarettes.

“The FDA frequently meets with members of the tobacco industry, as well as with public health groups and other stakeholders, to better understand any concerns or questions they may have,” FDA stated Friday. “As part of this effort, ‘listening sessions’ with e-cigarette companies have been held at their request and have given the FDA an opportunity to listen to their concerns or views.”

“The FDA did not raise or weigh in on potential regulatory options--including any potential restrictions on e-cigarettes or any other particular product category--during these listening sessions,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Any details about the agency’s intent to regulate additional categories of tobacco products will be made publicly available to all interested parties at the same time, through the issuance of a proposed rule.”

The FDA currently regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act permits the FDA to deem other “tobacco products” to be subject to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by regulation. The agency has announced its intent to issue a proposed rule deeming products meeting the definition of a “tobacco product” to be subject to FDA regulation.