“The AMA supports an FDA proposal to fill the gap in federal regulations on purchasing, labeling, packaging and advertising of electronic cigarettes,” said incoming AMA President Robert M. Wah, M.D. “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.”
In addition to minimum purchase age restrictions, the new AMA policy supports the following product requirements for electronic cigarettes and nicotine delivery systems:
- Disclosures regarding the design, content and emissions;
- Child-proof and tamper-proof packaging and design;
- Enhanced product labeling;
- Restrictions related to flavors that appeal to minors; and
- Prohibition of unsupported marketing claims as a tobacco cessation tool.
The AMA also strongly encourages further development of strategies to prevent marketing of electronic cigarettes and nicotine delivery systems to minors and stem the negative health effects of nicotine on minors.
“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,” Dr. Wah said.
About the AMA
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization dedicated to empowering the nation’s physicians to continually provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care to patients and communities. For more than 165 years the AMA has been unwavering in its commitment to using its unique position and knowledge to shape a healthier future for America.