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

FDA expected to impose restrictions on e-cigarettes

FDA expected to impose restrictions on e-cigarettes

A ban on sales of most flavored electronic cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations across the United States is to be introduced by the Food and Drug Administration, according to media reports.

Gottlieb is also expected to propose a ban on menthol in regular cigarettes.

In September, the FDA set a 60-day deadline for several major E-cigarette companies to prove they could keep E-cigarettes away from kids.

"We now have evidence that a new generation is being addicted to nicotine, and we can't tolerate that", he said, referring to the vaping data in an interview before he made final decisions on e-cigarette policy.

The FDA launched a crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes earlier this year, as the number of teens using the products reached epidemic proportions, The Times reported. More than 2 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017, the FDA said, and e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product by youth.

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

When it comes to e-cigarettes, he is focusing on fruity flavors, which he says are the most attractive to young never-smokers.

Although vaping is generally considered a less risky alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products, health officials have warned nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains.

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.

Studies have shown E-cigs can potentially release significant amounts of toxic chemicals - a concern for still developing adolescent brains, which are also more vulnerable to nicotine addiction.

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