FDA bans the sale of flavored e-cigarettes
After failing to reduce the number of electronic cigarettes reaching the hands of teenagers, the Federal Drug Administration has formally cracked down on the sales of the popular devices.
E-cigarettes are illegal to buy unless you are 18-21 (depending on the state) with a valid ID.
The FDA specifically went after the sales of most flavored e-cigarettes, as they believed the fruity flavors enticed more kids into trying the nicotine-filled products.
The regulations come after the FDA became aware of the huge surge in sales of e-cigarettes, specifically to minors, this September.
According to a survey done by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, 3.6 million middle and high school students have started using e-cigarettes in the US.
Arguably the most popular e-cigarette company among minors, Juul, has also been asked to suspend activity on some social media sites and change the way they market their products.
The FDA hopes that this will discourage young people from continuing to buy the products.
Juul also announced that they will have stricter age-restrictions on their remaining products, and that they will work to monitor third-party sales.
The announcement comes on the day of the American Cancer Societies 43rd annual “Great American Smokeout,” a day where they encourage smokers to start the process of quitting immediately. They announced that smoking is still the leading cause of cancer death, and is the cause of 20 percent of all deaths in America.
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