FDA extends tobacco regulations to e-cigarettes

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- On Thursday, the F.D.A. made a major announcement concerning e-cigarettes and other tobacco products. They'll now be regulated just like cigarettes.

"They've always talked about regulation of the e-cigarettes. We've heard that before with hookah tobacco," recalls Mike Allison, owner of Record Revolution.

His store in Coventry sells e-cigarettes. He said he doesn't mind that the government is getting more involved.

"I think that anything that someone puts in their body should be looked at scientifically and researched, whether it's the government or private enterprise," he said.

Here are some of the changes that will be going into effect in 90 days:

-Only customers over the age of 18 will be allowed to buy products like e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco.

-Health warnings must be advertised.

-None of these products can be sold in vending machines unless it's an adult-only facility.

"Just like people think that marijuana is a gateway to harder drugs, well e-cigarettes are a gateway to regular cigarettes," explained Dr. Lolita McDavid.

She's a Pediatrician at University Hospitals in Cleveland. She commends the F.D.A. for cracking down on e-cigarettes, but thinks they could take it a step further, and raise the smoking age to 21 instead.

"What we know is that the longer people prolong starting to smoke, the less likely they are to smoke. Most people don't start smoking in their 30s or 40s, they start smoking as teenagers or they're in homes where people smoke. So the longer we can prolong someone from starting to smoke, the better," she said.

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