Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
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Now US regulators vow to ban menthol cigarettes

Now US regulators vow to ban menthol 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.

The move is a part of the FDA's crackdown on the widespread usage of e-cigarettes in youth as the agency grapples with an "epidemic" of youth e-cigarette use that threatens to create a new generation of nicotine addicts. Menthol cigarettes are the second most popular among young people, so he's loosely cutting that supply too.

Health advocates have anxious about the popularity of vaping products among kids, especially e-cigarettes with mint, fruit, chocolate or any number of other flavorings sold online and at convenience stores, gas stations and vape shops. He said that could easily take another 20 years before they find out the type of impact it is having on teens.

E-cigarette makers argue the devices help adult smokers give up cigarettes - potentially saving them from related illnesses - by giving a nicotine fix without the smoke and smell of combustible cigarettes.

Gottlieb, who once served on the board of a North Carolina vaping company, was at one time viewed as an ally of the e-cigarette industry, and delayed some critical e-cigarette rules shortly after becoming commissioner in 2017.

Among e-cigarettes, he plans to make it harder to buy flavored products underage - even online - since that is how most young people seem to start. The scientific consensus is still out on the long-term health effects of vaping.

"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and unsafe - trend among teens", Gottlieb said in September.

The FDA recently launched a massive education campaign aimed at the almost 10.7 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use, taking the message that vaping is risky into high school bathrooms and social media feeds.

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