FDA to ban flavored e-cigarettes at USA convenience stores

FDA to ban flavored e-cigarettes at USA convenience stores

To date, 3.6 million students are now vaping.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement that the agency was driven to act by an "astonishing" uptick in vaping among young Americans.

USA federal agencies now plan to prohibit the sale of sweet-flavoured electronic cigarette liquid at convenience stores and gas stations.

But e-cigarette use jumped 78 percent this year in high school kids and 48 percent among middle school kids, Gottlieb said, citing new survey data.

Koval said the number of high school students using e-cigarettes almost doubled in just one year.

Gottlieb acknowledged that he could have taken more aggressive steps, "but I don't want to foreclose opportunities for now addicted adult smokers" to access e-cigarettes as they try to quit regular smokes.

E-cigarettes also expose users to toxic heavy metals, according to the NASEM report, as well as cancer-causing chemicals-though in most cases at lower levels than traditional cigarettes. "This is a hard compromise that I'm trying to strike, recognizing the public health risk posed by cigarettes still being available in menthol flavor". He also proposed beefing up measures to ensure that convenience stores and some other retailers do not sell e-cigarettes in kid-friendly flavors such as cherry and vanilla. And so what we're trying to do is make the traditional cigarettes less attractive for adult smokers and try to migrate adult smokers hopefully off of nicotine altogether, and for those who still want to get access to nicotine through an inhaled route, perhaps through an e-cigarette, which I think most people recognize represents the potential for a modified risk alternative to traditional smoking, to traditional cigarettes.

Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said "it is widely recognized that e-cigarettes are the gateway to smoking tobacco cigarettes for teens and young adults".

The restrictions are mainly aimed at reducing smoking in kids: About half of teens who smoke cigarettes choose menthols and flavored e-cigarettes have been blamed for a recent increase in teen vaping rates.

The FDA is also attempting to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, though those proposals could take two years to pass regulatory hurdles. "These kids are using these products, a large number of them, 20 or more times a month". This is found in both e-cigarettes and combustible cigarettes making them very hard to quit.

Juul and tobacco giant Altria Group Inc had announced measures to pull flavored e-cigarette products from retail outlets, after the FDA threatened in September to ban Juul and other leading e-cigarette products unless their makers took steps to prevent use by minors.

Altria will maintain the sale of its other e-cigarettes - which resemble conventional cigarettes and which come in traditional flavors like tobacco and menthol.