FDA authorizes sale of e-cigarettes for the first time, shifting debate and drawing fire from critics
For the first time, the FDA on Tuesday authorized tobacco companies to market electronic cigarettes.
Regulators authorized three products in a similar fashion as they would with pharmaceuticals, although this time it was for longtime tobacco company RJ Reynolds.
The authorizations were for a vaping device and associated tobacco-flavored pods, with FDA saying the benefits in weaning longtime smokers off traditional cigarettes outweighed the risks of getting younger people addicted. The agency emphasized it is only authorizing products that taste like tobacco, rather than flavored pods more appealing to kids and teenagers, such as candy, mint and fruit.
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