U.S. Senator Ron Johnson is seeking answers on new regulations for e-cigarettes. The Food and Drug Administration will have to approve all e-cigarette products that have been available since February 2007
“I just want to make sure the FDA really understands what it’s doing, what the impact will be on businesses and jobs, and on those individuals whose lives have potentially been saved because they’ve been able to kick the habit using e-cigarettes,” said Johnson.
The new regulations require greater scrutiny of the products and making it more difficult for minors to use them. “Let’s face it, there’s a lot of bad things that unfortunately get in the hands of our children,” Johnson said. “If you want to put them on a scale, I guess I’d rather have them using e-cigarettes than smoking normal cigarettes or taking heroin.”
Johnson has written three letters to the FDA regarding the new regulation and said those inquiries have not gotten any meaningful response. Johnson said the regulations could cost the industry millions of dollars.