While cigarette use among youth is declining, e-cigarette use increased by nearly 900 percent from 2011 to 2016 in high school students, according to a recent survey supported by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released new rules pertaining to “all tobacco products.” These include cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco, pipe tobacco and others, but perhaps the most controversial of all products now governed is the e-cigarette.

The ruling, which will help implement the bipartisan Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009, aims to achieve the FDA’s goal of improving public health and protecting future generations from the dangers of tobacco use through a variety of steps, which include restricting the sale of all tobacco products to minors nationwide. 

The new rules, which begin in August with retailers being barred from selling tobacco products to anyone under 18, placing them in vending machines or distributing them as free samples, will require that e-cigarettes and their ingredients be reviewed by regulators to remain on the market. 

Health advocates praise the rulings as safeguards that will ensure age and access restrictions, safety reviews of products and the oversight of marketing claims. 

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