(HealthDay News) — The American Medical Association (AMA) on Tuesday called for tighter restrictions on the sale and marketing of electronic cigarettes.
Among the new recommendations are a minimum age purchase rule; child-proof and tamper-proof packaging; restrictions on flavors that appeal to young people; more extensive product labels; and a ban on unsupported claims that the devices help people quit smoking. The group also wants the federal government to force e-cigarette makers to provide details about the design, content, and emissions of the devices, and to boost efforts to prevent marketing of e-cigarettes to minors.
The new AMA policy extends the group’s existing policy that was adopted in 2010 and calls for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to subject all e-cigarettes to the same regulations and oversight applied to tobacco and nicotine products.
“The AMA supports an FDA proposal to fill the gap in federal regulations on purchasing, labeling, packaging, and advertising of electronic cigarettes,” incoming AMA President Robert Wah, MD, said in a news release from the group. “The new policy will guide the AMA’s future efforts to strongly encourage the proposed FDA regulation as a notable and important step to improve public health and deter the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors,” he added. “Improving the health of the nation is AMA’s top priority and we will continue to advocate for policies that help reduce the burden of preventable diseases like cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, which can both be linked to smoking.”