Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

NY eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

FDA expected to impose severe restrictions on e-cigarettes Preliminary government data show 3.5 million children were vaping in early 2018 up 1 million from 2017
Priscilla Morrison | 11 November, 2018, 05:13

The Food and Drug Administration is also looking to create strict limits on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes across the country.

With the growing use in e-cigarettes comes the growing concern over what the nicotine vapor can do to developing teenage brains.

"We now have evidence that a new generation is being addicted to nicotine, and we can't tolerate that", he said, referring to the vaping data in an interview before he made final decisions on e-cigarette policy.

The state health department said banning flavored e-cigarettes would mostly impact retail businesses whose main focus is selling vaping products.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations as early as next week. He has said the FDA will share its own plan in mid-November.

In September, Gottlieb gave five e-cigarette manufacturers - Juul, British American Tobacco's Vuse, Altria's MarkTen, Imperial Brands' Blu E-cigs and Japan Tobacco's Logic - until this Sunday to submit proposals on how to combat youth e-cigarette use.

Although vaping is generally considered a less unsafe alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products, health officials have warned nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains.

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E-cigarettes are generally considered a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes, but they do contain nicotine.

The FDA did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

In the past, they have said they never meant to target young people.

Juul has previously said the company wants to be "part of the solution in keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of young people" but that "appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch".

"Why not do away with flavors altogether, why not do away with online sales altogether?" she said.

Dr. Krugman added that because e-cigarettes are so new, no study has been done to show what the long-term effect is.

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