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FDA Clamps Down On E-Cigarettes

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This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized long-awaited rules restricting access to e-cigarettes, cigars and hookahs. (Lindsay Fox/Flickr)
This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized long-awaited rules restricting access to e-cigarettes, cigars and hookahs. (Lindsay Fox/Flickr)

On Thursday morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized long-awaited rules restricting access to e-cigarettes, cigars and hookahs. It's the first federal law regulating e-cigarettes and other "vaping" products, although many states already tax and regulate e-cigarettes as traditional tobacco products.

Under the new rules, e-cigarette producers will have to register their ingredients with the FDA, and would not be allowed to market their products as "mild" or "light" without FDA approval. Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with NPR's health policy reporter, Alison Kodjak.

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This segment aired on May 5, 2016.

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