FDA to begin regulating electronic cigarettes

May 6, 2016 2:21 AM

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The fast-growing "vaping" industry faces a hazy future as the U.S. government said Thursday that it's taking the "milestone" step of regulating electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products as if they were traditional cigarettes.

The Food and Drug Administration finalized rules extending its oversight of the multibillion-dollar e-cigarette industry, whose products are seen as an alternative to traditional smokes but whose own ingredients and long-term health risks remain murky.

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