New FDA Vaping Regulations Restrict Flavored E-Cigarettes

FDA Commissioner Moves to Remove Flavored Vapor Products From C-stores

FDA Commissioner Moves to Remove Flavored Vapor Products From C-stores

"We'll take whatever action is necessary to stop these trends from continuing".

Chicago: Just days after the USA city of Chicago took eight online retailers to court for illegally selling e-cigarettes to underage residents, federal agencies confirmed astonishing increases in nationwide youth use of e-cigarettes.

U.S. regulators Thursday ordered sharp restrictions on sales of e-cigarettes, as national data showed a 78 percent single-year surge in vaping among young people, with two-thirds using fruit and candy-flavored products.

A woman smokes a Juul e-cigarette in New York, US, Sept. 27, 2018.

E-cigarettes were created to give adult smokers a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but the products have become popular among kids and teenagers.

The new rules require fruit flavored-cartridges like those sold by Juul to be sold in "age-restricted, in-person locations and, if sold online, under heightened practices for age verification".

FBN's Stuart Varney on the FDA's potential restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes and NY state's efforts to ban flavored e-cigarettes completely. "I don't want to create a situation where the combustible products have features that make them more attractive than the non-combustible products or a situation where those who now use menthol-flavored cigarettes might find it less attractive to switch completely to an e-cigarette", he note.

He also said he hopes e-cigarette companies work to restrict kids from buying their products.

The battery-powered devices heat a nicotine liquid that users inhale, and are gaining popularity in the United States and overseas, particularly among young people, which Gottlieb has previously described as an "epidemic".

"These data shock my conscience", said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, referring to the latest data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey.

The primary concern most experts have about youth e-cigarette use is that most of these products contain nicotine, which is addictive, says Jonathan Klein, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of pediatrics at the University of IL at Chicago. But some say adult smokers switching to e-cigarettes have also helped in recent years. "All the flavors were out there already", said Kenneth Warner, a University of MI emeritus public health professor who is a leading authority on smoking and health.

The FDA also plans to seek a ban on menthol cigarettes, a longtime goal of public health advocates, as well as flavored cigars.

Juul Labs pre-empted the measures by ending social media promotion of its products and stopping in-store sales of its flavored pods, other than tobacco, mint and menthol. Technically, the FDA has only announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to alter the regulations.

"Our intent was never to have youth use JUUL products", CEO Kevin Burns said in a statement. He said menthol e-cigarettes may be an option for adults who turn to vaping products to quit regular cigarettes, and he decided not to push for an end to menthol flavoring in vaping products. The FDA now bans sales of e-cigarettes and tobacco products to those under 18. So I don't - I don't know where you're getting that statement from that we said there was going to be an outright ban. "We'll leave no stone unturned".

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