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.

 

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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

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