Electronic cigarette makers win court fight, won't have to prove they work to FDA
A federal appeals court says electronic cigarettes should be regulated as tobacco products by the Food and Drug Administration...but as Charles Fishburne reports, that came as a disappointment to the FDA.
The FDA wanted to keep tighter reins on electronic cigarettes.
Tobias: FDA felt very strongly that it wanted to regulate it as a drug or device.
Carl Tobias, Law Professor at the University of Richmond.
Tobias: The court said, 'no, that isn't Congress' intent,' and so that's where it's sitting; now, it could be appealed to the US Supreme Court.
The ruling means the makers of electronic cigarettes will not have to conduct expensive clinical trials to prove to the FDA that the products are safe and effective as stop-smoking aids, which is the claim.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News