States and FDA Tackle Regulation of E-Cigarettes

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05_01_14_175wTen years ago, one of the most significant trends in the club and hospitality industry was the result of the enactment of legislation at the state and local level prohibiting indoor smoking. Today, states and municipalities have to adjust to a new smoking product, electronic cigarettes. These battery-operated products are designed to deliver nicotine, flavor and other chemicals to the user. It is estimated that e-cigarettes are a multi-billion dollar industry.
On April 24, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new proposed rules to begin regulating the sale of these devices. Under the proposed rules, manufacturers would have to register with the FDA and submit to a product review. Like existing regulations for cigarettes, the sale to minors would be prohibited and all packages would have to be labeled with potential health warnings. The FDA cited public health as its main concern with these and other additional tobacco products. These proposed regulations will now be subject to comments and review before becoming final.

Given their prevalence, many states and municipalities have opted to expand their existing smoking bans to include the devices. More than 170 municipalities including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC, have already outlawed their use in existing smoke-free locations. To date, three states – New Jersey, North Dakota and Utah – have outlawed their use in all previously-regulated smoke-free facilities. Ten other states regulate their usage in other facilities, mainly state-owned properties. (Source: American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation) The trend is expected to continue to expand. Approximately 57 pieces of legislation are pending across the country in an effort to regulate e-cigarettes. Check your state to see what is pending with CMAA’s Legislative Summary.    

What about clubs not in these areas? How are they handling member requests? Based on informal polling and information shared in CMAA’s LinkedIn discussion group, many clubs already treat the e-cigarettes the same as traditional cigarettes and prohibit their usage within their facilities.


Posted by Roshana Devkota at 05/05/2014 03:42:04 PM |