The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) intends to limit the sale of sweet electronic cigarette flavors in an attempt to provide a solution for what the call an “epidemic in teen vaping”. Electronic cigarette use among teens rose 75% since 2017.
The FDA will prohibit convenience stores and gas stations from selling any additional flavors other than tobacco, mint and menthol, set to begin next week, an official said. In addition, a process of stricter age-requirements are set to be enacted for sales pertaining to online activities of electronic cigarettes as the agency tries to find a solution in providing harmony between helping people quit smoking, while limiting growing teens and young adults from a new addiction in E-cigarettes.
If major manufacturers like Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu and Logic would not take action to keep children and teens from utilizing their products, FDA Commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb had previously mentioned in September that the agency would take action, specifically in halting sales pertaining to E-cigarette products.
However, vape shops and specific retail stores would not be affected by the prohibition. These stores usually consist of consumers who are adults that intend to utilize electronic cigarettes as a way to quit smoking cigarettes. Federal data released on Thursday demonstrates a decrease of 14% in cigarette smoking within the last year. This is a record breaking result since first reports.