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Upstate e-cig business responds to FDA proposed regulations

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A look inside NicVape's Woodruff Road facility. (April 24, 2014/FOX Carolina) A look inside NicVape's Woodruff Road facility. (April 24, 2014/FOX Carolina)

The Food and Drug Administration has released it's first proposal of rules for the new e-cigarette trend.

The regulations include banning sales to anyone under 18, adding warning labels and requiring FDA approval for new products.

Greenville business owner, Rich Henning of NicVape, said he's worked for more than three years to create his e-cig business. He said regulations are needed in the industry.

"Not only are we happy it's getting regulated, it's essential that its regulated," said Henning. "This is a product that people are consuming, and in my mind every business that's involved with that has an obligation to be at a certain minimum standard.

The owners of NicVape gave FOX Carolina a look into their clean room, where they manufacture thousands of bottles of eliquid for e-cigarettes everyday. They say although there are no current regulations for e-cigarettes their products are manufactured in a sterile facility.

"I wanted to create a company that would be able to responsibly manufacture product for the consumer, that the consumer knew was safe," said Henning.

Henning said their facility was created to meet any future requirements the government may place on the manufacturing of e-liquids. He said for the most part his company agrees with what is currently being proposed as regulations.

"It wasn't entirely what we were expecting, but what we see is reasonable," said Henning. "We would like to have some wording changed to fit the industry."

NicVape requires it's customer be over the age of 18, and they don't recommend people who don't already smoke or use nicotine to start using the drug. They say their products are an alternative for people trying to quit smoking.

The FDA proposal is now in a 75-day public comment period. The FDA says they hope to establish regulations within a year.

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