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    The FDA will soon begin regulating e-cigarettes, the agency has announced.

    A proposed rule, which the FDA will post online at 9 a.m. Thursday, will seek to place e-cigarettes-along with cigars, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, dissolvable tobacco products and nicotine gels-under the FDA's authority to regulate tobacco products.

    "Right now it's like the wild, wild west in terms of what people are doing, the products are evolving with no regulatory oversight and being marketed in ways that are very worrisome," FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told ABC News. "Until we can actually require the companies to give us information about what's in them and how they work, we can't get everything that we need to know, and we certainly, without regulatory authority, can't take some of the actions that might be important to insure the safest use of these products."

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