May 5, 2016 / 5:45 PM / 2 years ago

White House calls FDA e-cigarettes move a 'common sense' proposal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House called the Food and Drug Administration move on Thursday to ban the sale of e-cigarettes and cigars to anyone under age 18 and impose other regulations a “common sense proposal” that helps the public health and safety of Americans.

“This is a common sense proposal carefully considered by the FDA,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at a daily briefing, saying FDA scientists took “care and caution and concern” in implementing the rule effectively and fairly.

“This is something that our scientists believe would have a tangible impact on the basic public health and safety of the American people, particularly America’s children,” Earnest added.

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Alana Wise; Editing by Will Dunham

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