California Raises Smoking Age to 21, as FDA Tightens Regulations on E-Cigarettes

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On Thursday, the FDA broadened its definition of tobacco products to include e-cigarettes, tightening its regulatory control over a multibillion-dollar industry. The new regulations ban the sale of e-cigarettes to Americans under 18 and would require photo identification from adults. The announcement comes on the heels of Governor Jerry Brown signing a set of bills that raise the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21 and place tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes. The e-cigarette industry calls the new regulations "a complete disaster" that will hurt small businesses. We'll discuss the new rules and how they impact Californians.




Stanton Glantz, professor at the UCSF School of Medicine; Truth Initiative Distinguished Professor of Tobacco Control at the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, an advocacy group for e-cigarettes