The Food and Drug Administration is enacting “historic” regulations aimed at e-cigarettes to further reduce youth nicotine consumption, but a top regulatory expert says the government is needlessly meddling and actually making Americans less healthy. On Thursday, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that e-cigarette makers would be subject to the same standards as traditional tobacco firms, including marketing bans, warning labels on packages and requiring purchasers to be 18 years or older.

But perhaps the most significant part of the rule is that any product brought to market since February 15, 2007, will be subject to rigorous clearance procedures by the government just to stay in business. Hand-rolled cigars, hookahs and pipe tobacco are also under the same rule, which stems from the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. READ MORE