E-cigarette sales regulations, warning labels proposed by FDA

A smoker demonstrates an e-cigarette in Wichita Falls, A smoker demonstrates an e-cigarette in Wichita Falls, Texas on Jan. 17, 2014. Photo Credit: AP

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Federal health officials say they will extend the government's tobacco authority to cover electronic cigarettes and a slew of other nicotine-containing products, including cigars, which have gone unregulated for decades.

Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration called their plans historic Thursday as they revealed the framework for federal regulations, which call for a ban on e-cigarette sales to minors and warning labels on packaging.

The proposed regulations are contained in a document of more than 300 pages, which cites the need for scientific research on e-cigarettes and their chemical agents used in flavorings and vapors.

In addition to electronic cigarettes and cigars, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg identified several other products deemed subject to oversight: pipe tobacco, nicotine gels and water-pipe, or hookah, tobacco.

The American Lung Association has been a longtime opponent of flavored cigars, which the organization says lures teens.