The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the sale of e-cigarette liquids, including e-liquid that has nicotine, in some cases, over a three-month period, in a move to curb the use of the products by those who don’t wish to quit smoking.
The approval comes after a number of states and cities have approved e-liquids, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami.
The FDA said in a statement that it will approve products that have nicotine in them for at least three months, and may allow sales to continue for up to one year.
The agency said it will require that manufacturers provide information on the effects of nicotine on the lungs, eyes, and other areas.
“The FDA is committed to ensuring that the products it approves do not pose a risk to the public or to health,” the agency said.
“The agency will review e-cig product approvals on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the needs of the public and the safety of people who use the products.”
“As a nation, we should be confident that e-cigs, or any other product that delivers nicotine, do not harm or cause harm to any of the millions of Americans who use them for nicotine-free or menthol-free products,” the FDA said.
“However, we also need to make sure that e ‘cigarettes’ are not the only products on the market that people use for nicotine, or that people who are not smokers are allowed to purchase them.”
The FDA has previously said that e “cigarettes” should not be sold as an alternative to smoking, but it has not said how long it would take for the agency to approve e-juices.
Last week, the FDA approved the use by young people of e liquid in products containing menthol.
The US government’s Food and Drugs Administration approved a second batch of e liquids this week that contain nicotine in a second product.
The announcement by the FDA came after a group of states in California, New Jersey and Virginia approved the production of e cig liquid, including liquid that has a nicotine content of more than 50 percent.
The state of New Jersey approved the product in a vote on Thursday, with the support of the governor and the legislature, which passed a law last year allowing the sale.
The California-based company that made the liquid, Vapor Cloud, said on Friday that it was considering a proposal to sell the liquid as a supplement to its menthol e-migas.
“We are considering an application for FDA approval to manufacture e-MIGAs in California,” the company said in an emailed statement.
“It will be important to note that while the menthol and nicotine e-Liquid are not designed to replace traditional cigarettes, they are designed to provide a way for consumers to access menthol without using a traditional cigarette.”
The approval of e cigarettes comes amid a heated debate about e-tobacco products.
Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that e cigarettes could become a new threat to public health if they continue to be promoted and marketed as a nicotine replacement.
“This announcement by FDA will be welcomed by the millions who smoke traditional cigarettes and those who have never smoked traditional cigarettes but want to try a vaporizer,” said Scott Lintz, senior director of communications for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, in an email to Reuters.
The American Lung Association, which represents over 10,000 US lung health groups, said in February that e liquids and vaporizers are dangerous to lung health, and it said the FDA’s approval “will be a setback for the FDA and the thousands of millions of American smokers who rely on them for safe, effective nicotine.”
The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians have also urged the FDA to keep e-smoking away from children.