FDA to ban flavored e-cigs to help curb 'epidemic'

US FDA to announce ban on flavoured e-cigarettes as soon as next week: Report

The Food and Drug Administration is also looking to create strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes across the country.

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.

E-cigarette products represent a small share of revenue for major tobacco companies, whereas Juul's business is built entirely on the vaping devices.

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.

The only exception to the flavored products ban in convenience stores involves menthol e-cigarette products.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations as early as next week.

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"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and unsafe - trend among teens", Gottlieb said in September. He said that could easily take another 20 years before they find out the type of impact it is having on teens.

- They were initially marketed as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, even a way to quit smoking altogether but these days, you might be more likely to see someone puffing on a e-cigarette than actually lighting up. The restrictions don't apply to the "open-tank" systems available in vape shops. It also said it cracked down on 1,300 retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors.

Representatives from Altria, British American Tobacco, Imperial Brands, and Japan Tobacco did not respond to requests for comment Thursday evening.

In the past, they have said they never meant to target young people.

"Why not do away with flavors altogether, why not do away with online sales altogether?" she said. The minimum age to buy tobacco or e-cigarettes in NY state is 18.

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