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FDA To Ban Sales Of Most Flavored E-Cigarettes In Stores

11 November 2018

The Food and Drug Administration, alarmed by a huge increase in vaping among minors, is expected to impose severe restrictions on the sale of most e-cigarettes products throughout the United States - actions that will likely have a significant impact on an industry that has grown exponentially in recent years with little government oversight. He also wants to ban menthol in regular cigarettes.

The move is a part of the FDA's crackdown on the widespread usage of e-cigarettes in youth as the agency grapples with an "epidemic" of youth e-cigarette use that threatens to create a new generation of nicotine addicts.

The FDA has warned several e-cigarette makers to stop marketing to teenagers or risk being banned.

The news isn't surprising as the FDA announced in September that it has issued more than 1,300 warning letters to retailers who were illegally selling JUUL, one of the most popular e-cigarette brands on the market today, as well as other e-cigarette products. But the products would be available in vape and tobacco shops. The scientific consensus is still out on the long-term health effects of vaping.

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Krugman said if the kids are hooked on nicotine at a young age, they are even more likely to switch over to cigarettes.

"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and unsafe - trend among teens", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in September.

Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association, a vaping trade group, called New York's proposal short-sighted and said it would be "devastating" to adult smokers trying to quit traditional cigarettes through use of flavored vapor products.

The FDA recently launched a massive education campaign aimed at the almost 10.7 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use, taking the message that vaping is unsafe into high school bathrooms and social media feeds.

FDA To Ban Sales Of Most Flavored E-Cigarettes In Stores