On Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced they’ll now regulate all tobacco products.

The regulation includes popular e-cigarettes…

Hannah Mackenzie spoke with a local smoke shop owner and a smoke-free advocate to find out how this will affect Rio Grande valley tobacco-users.

Before this week, the food and drug administration’s tobacco regulation only covered cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco.

Now, it covers cigars, cigarillos, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, even vape pens and e-cigarettes.

To Gilda Bowen, coordinator for the tobacco prevention and control coalition, the move isn’t a surprise.

“We really needed regulation with tobacco products.  The whole tobacco prevention movement is happy about this, because we’re seeing stricter rules in protecting people from the use of tobacco.”

The extended regulations mean the FDA can now review new tobacco products, help prevent misleading claims by tobacco product manufacturers, evaluate the ingredients of tobacco products and communicate potential risks.