FDA plans to crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes

Roman Schwartz
November 12, 2018

As soon as next week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is poised to announce bans on sales of most flavored e-cigarettes at tens of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations across the country, according to The Washington Post, in an attempt to curb the epidemic from growing.

The only other e-cigarette competitors sold at convenience stores are those marketed primarily by tobacco companies such as Altria Group Inc, British American Tobacco Plc, Imperial Brands Plc and Japan Tobacco Inc.

The FDA also will introduce stricter age-verification requirements for online sales of e-cigarettes. The FDA will continue to permit that flavor to be sold because menthol is permitted in regular cigarettes as well, and the agency doesn't want to give traditional cigarettes an advantage over e-cigarettes in the retail setting.

E-cigarettes are generally considered a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes, but they do contain nicotine.

Combustible cigarettes have taken a backseat as the FDA carries out a vendetta on e-cigarettes, which are soaring among popularity among young people, rather than adults trying to quit, who were supposed to be the target market.

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The latest actions follow months of meetings between the FDA and e-cigarette makers over how to prevent teenagers from getting hooked on their products. The restrictions don't apply to the "open-tank" systems available in vape shops. "The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we're seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end".

- The Food and Drug Administration could crack down on e-cigarette sales in an effort to stop kids from vaping.

Juul's device has become wildly popular, accounting for nearly one in three e-cigarette sales as of the end of 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Spokesman Rich Azzopardi said Cuomo "is very concerned about the rise in youth e-cigarette use".

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

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