FDA to limit sweet e-cig fla­vors

Move aimed at curb­ing teen va­p­ing ‘epi­demic’

The Commercial Appeal - - Front Page - Jayne O’Don­nell USA TO­DAY STEVEN SENNE/AP

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion is plan­ning to limit the sale of sweet elec­tronic cig­a­rette fla­vors in an at­tempt to cur­tail what its com­mis­sioner calls an “epi­demic” of teen va­p­ing, ac­cord­ing to an agency of­fi­cial.

The FDA will ban con­ve­nience store and gas sta­tion sales of fla­vors other than to­bacco, mint and men­thol next week, the of­fi­cial said. Stricter age-ver­i­fi­ca­tion re­quire­ments are also planned for on­line sales of e-cig­a­rettes.

FDA Com­mis­sioner Dr. Scott Got­tlieb said in Septem­ber that the agency would halt sales of fla­vored elec­tronic cig­a­rettes if the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers couldn’t prove they were do­ing enough to keep them out of the hands of chil­dren and teens.

The agency gave Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu and Logic 60 days to sub­mit plans to pre­vent youth va­p­ing and said it could or­der their prod­ucts off the mar­ket if it didn’t deem those plans ro­bust enough. Those five brands make up more than 97 per­cent of the U.S. mar­ket for e-cig­a­rettes.

Got­tlieb told USA TO­DAY in Septem­ber that the FDA was “re­con­sid­er­ing our over­all ap­proach” af­ter a re­view of pre­lim­i­nary data showed youth va­p­ing was up 75 per­cent over last year.

“Teenagers are be­com­ing reg­u­lar users, and the pro­por­tion of reg­u­lar users is in­creas­ing,” Got­tlieb said. “We’re go­ing to have to take ac­tion.”

The re­stric­tions would not ap­ply to vape shops or other spe­cialty stores, which are more of­ten used by adults.

Th­ese de­vices for va­p­ing were con­fis­cated from high school stu­dents in Mas­sachusetts ear­lier this year.

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