FDA plans to crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes

Irving Hamilton
November 10, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a ban on the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations across the country as soon as next week, the Washington Post reported on Thursday (Nov 8).

Additionally, the agency is expected to also impose stricter rules such as age-verification for online sales. Flavored e-cigarette products would be available in vape and tobacco shops.

The restriction would reportedly not apply to mint flavors because menthol cigarettes are sold.

E-cigarette makers argue the devices help adult smokers give up cigarettes - potentially saving them from related illnesses - by giving a nicotine fix without the smoke and smell of combustible cigarettes.

While vaping itself is less harmful than tobacco smoking, research shows many e-cigarette users are likely to develop nicotine addictions and some will probably end up on regular cigarettes, a product that kills half of its long-term users.

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Doctors say the long-term health consequences of vaping are not known.

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. He has said the FDA will share its own plan in mid-November.

CBS News reached out to Juul about these new possible restrictions, but the company has not yet offered comment.

The research shows E-cig use has increased 77 percent among high schoolers and almost 50 percent for students in middle school this year.

"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and risky - trend among teens", Gottlieb said in September.

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