House bill would curb regulation of e-cigarettes, cigars

Posted at 8:48 AM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 08:48:31-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vape away.

Increasingly popular e-cigarettes and cigar varieties could be exempt from some government safety regulations if House Republicans have their way. It’s a move that alarms Democrats and public health advocates who argue that it could lead to unsafe products.

Legislation approved by a House committee last month would ease rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes for the first time. The legislation would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes that are already on the market and exempt some premium and large cigars from those same regulations.

Vaping and cigar companies have pushed the exemptions, saying many of the small businesses who make their products would go out of business once the rules are in place.