Missouri considers e-cigarette regulations

State officials in Missouri are considering how to regulate electronic cigarettes ahead of the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines, which are still in the review period. Missouri became the first state to forbid taxing e-cigarettes as it does tobacco products when the General Assembly voted this month to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the legislation.

The proposed FDA regulations are broad and would classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, limit e-cigarette marketing and sales to minors and add health warnings on packaging, among other restrictions. A FDA decision would call Missouri’s deregulation into question.

One-quarter of Missouri adults smoke traditional cigarettes, the ninth-highest rate in the nation. Data on e-cigarette usage is scant.

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