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Friday begins public comment period on E-cigarette proposal

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Rochester: Friday begins public comment period on E-cigarette proposal
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NATIONWIDE — Friday is the first day of a public comment period on the FDA's new proposal to regulate the fast-growing E-cigarette industry.

The proposal would ban E-cigarettes from being sold to minors and require FDA approval for any new products.

The rules would also ban samples and require health warning labels and ingredient disclosure.
The FDA says it would not set product standards, limit marketing or ban the wide variety of E-cigarette flavors.

Doctor Andrew Hyland at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo said the proposed ruling lays the groundwork for complementary regulation at state and local levels.

"It advances the dialogue so that there is a framework," said Hyland, chair of the Department of Health Behavior at Roswell. "So no longer can we say, 'This is the Wild West of tobacco products,' which has been said by a number of people. At least there's some regulatory framework, there's some guidance to move forward."

The public comment period lasts 75 days.

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