FDA authorizes an e-cigarette for the first time, citing benefit for smokers

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has authorized an electronic cigarette, saying the vaping device can actually help smokers cut back on traditional cigarettes.

E-cigarettes have been sold in the U.S. for more than 10 years with minimal government oversight.

Facing a court deadline, the FDA has been conducting a massive review of vaping products to determine which ones should be allowed to stay on the market.

Tuesday’s decision only applies to Vuse’s Solo e-cigarette and its tobacco-flavored nicotine cartridges.

While the products can now be legally sold in the U.S., the FDA stressed they are neither safe nor “FDA approved,” and that people who don’t smoke shouldn’t use them.

Joe Kelley

Joe Kelley

News Director

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