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    FDA Issues New Rules for E-Cigarette Use

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In what's being called a historic move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is extending its rule over all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, cigars and hookah tobacco. The FDA says tighter regulations enable them to "improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco use." The new regulations will end tobacco sales to people under 18 by:

  • Requiring photo ID at purchase
  • Prohibiting uncovered tobacco products in certain vending machines
  • Prohibiting distribution of free samples

The FDA says the tightened regulations will protect consumers and stop preventable tobacco-related disease and death. Regulations aimed at protecting youth take effect in 90 days.

Experts in the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center encourage people to avoid all tobacco products. If you're trying to quit using tobacco products, these tips may help:

  • Try nicotine replacement therapy.
  • Avoid triggers or situations where you tend to light up.
  • Delay smoking: Wait at least 10 minutes before giving in to a craving.
  • Chew gum.
  • Don't fool yourself to think you'll have just one.

For help kicking the nicotine habit call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hotline 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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