The debate about people who ‘vape’ using their e-cigarettes and how their “healthy” lifestyle is actually healthy or not, is still ongoing. But according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the so called vape pens can now be categorized alongside regular traditional tobacco products that have been in use for a long time.
After rules set out in May which banned the sale of e-cigarettes to people under the age of 18, the FDA is taking it a step further. It has made easier for people to report problems with e-cigs and other vape products such as hookahs, cigars and smokeless tobacco. The defects of these products are common among the low priced versions but some defects can be seen in the higher priced ones too. The consumers who want to report problems with their e-cigs can use the FDA’s online updated tool to do so.
“There is no known safe tobacco product,” said Ii-Lun Chen, a director at the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, “but [the] FDA can play a role in helping prevent certain unexpected health consequences.”
Users can potentially report, allergic reactions, poisoning, and issues regarding the quality of the product in use through the FDA online tool established. The governmental body will use the information to build
“a comprehensive tobacco regulation program” that it says will “ensure all tobacco products have an appropriate level of regulatory oversight.”
The FDA moved in to grasp control over the technology in 2014 and aligned vaping products of many sorts alongside normally used tobacco ones earlier this year. While some people were happy about this decision, some lawmakers weren’t and they protested by vaping. Rules introduced earlier this year banned the use of these products during flights on airplanes and also banned their sales to minors all across the country. However this tool may not be for those who are new to the world of vaping because they wouldn’t really know if there is a defect with the device or not would they? Advisably only regular users or the “hardcore vapers” should be using this online tool to report anything they find off about a new product they’re trying out.
This is another good step by the FDA, let’s see if this does help get defective products off the counters.