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Merchants unfazed by FDA e-cig crackdown

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Area tobacco retailers say they already follow sales regulations on standard tobacco and wouldn't have problems adapting those rules to e-cigs. Area tobacco retailers say they already follow sales regulations on standard tobacco and wouldn't have problems adapting those rules to e-cigs.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

A possible crackdown on e-cigarettes could soon be on the books.

The FDA is making another attempt at regulating electronic cigarettes and other tobacco or tobacco-alternative products. They want to set an age limit on the products and include warning labels.

In most states, you have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. There is currently no age restriction on e-cigarettes and similar products – something the FDA wants to change.

Tougher restrictions would be applied to all e-cigarettes, nicotine gels, cigars, hookahs and similar products. Along with the age restrictions, health warnings would be applied to packaging. The sale of these items would also be prohibited in vending machines.

Some argue the crackdown would hurt store owners, but employees at Tobacco Express in Florence said the regulations wouldn't affect them because they already regulate their sales.

"It's FDA rules you can't sell cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19 in the state of Alabama, so if they appear to be underage, we do card them. I don't see where the difference would be in the vape cigarettes and the tobacco product – it still has nicotine in it," said Denice Griggs.

In 2009, lawmakers gave the FDA authority to regulate tobacco, but so far have only focused on cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

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