SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Despite media reports that the online sale of electronic cigarettes could soon be banned, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement saying that it did not discuss any possible regulations in a series of listening sessions held last week.
"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."
According to the statement from the agency, 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. 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 and views.
The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 gave the FDA
the authority to regulate tobacco products. In
April 2011, the agency said it was developing a strategy to regulate
electronic cigarettes as tobacco products under the 2009 measure.