FDA to launch new restrictions on e-cigarette flavors, store sales

FDA expected to impose restrictions on e-cigarettes

Now, the FDA is banning sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations nationwide- in an effort to curb what they call an epidemic. He also wants to ban menthol in regular cigarettes.

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.

From one teen to the next, e-cigarettes, or vaping, has skyrocketed in popularity.

Those products, sold under the MarkTen, blu, Vuse and Logic brands, have lost market share as Juul has risen to prominence over the previous year, growing from 13.6 percent of the USA e-cigarette market in early 2017 to almost 75 percent now, according to a Wells Fargo analysis of Nielsen retail data. 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.

At the same time, vaping devotees and "harm reduction" advocates have said e-cigarettes represent s powerful tool in helping adult smokers to quit more risky cigarettes.

Krugman said if the kids are hooked on nicotine at a young age, they are even more likely to switch over to cigarettes.

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

Altria (mo) has already said it will remove its MarkTen pod-based products and will stop selling all flavors except for menthol or tobacco in its products until the FDA reviews and approves them.

E-cigarettes have been a divisive topic in the public health community.

They are also being used for other drugs. The minimum age to buy tobacco or e-cigarettes in NY state is 18.

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