FDA asks for input on health impacts of e-cigarettes

The Food and Drug Administration is asking the public to weigh in on the health effects of electronic cigarettes. 

In a notice in the Federal Register on Tuesday, the agency requested that comments, supported by research and data, be submitted no later than April 15. 

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Earlier this year, the FDA announced plans to regulate the vaporized tobacco business. The proposed rules would require new health warning labels on packaging and make sales to children illegal. 

The FDA held a workshop in September to discuss the product’s design, physical contents, packaging and labels, and is planning to hold subsequent workshops on public and individual health effects.  

Though the jury’s still out on the impacts of e-cigarettes on public health, a 2014 surgeon general report said nicotine in any form — combustible, smokeless or electronic —can have adverse effects on adolescent brain development.