New York May Become First State to Ban Flavored E-Cigs

FDA expected to impose restrictions on e-cigarettes

The convenience store ban on flavored e-cigarette sales would not include menthol.

Taking on epidemic levels of teen e-cigarette use, the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce new restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products an agency official confirmed Thursday.

But the FDA says it didn't foresee the "epidemic" of youth e-cigarette use.

But this week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has revealed a number of strategies he plans to explore to crack down harder on smoking in every group.

Part of the concern is that many E-cigarette users are likely to become addicted to nicotine and some could end up on regular cigarettes - a product that kills half of its long-term users.

From one teen to the next, e-cigarettes, or vaping, has skyrocketed in popularity.

The Wall Street Journal says Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving to ban their sale in the state and could do it as early as next year.

The agency first presented data in 2013 showing menthols are harder to quit, but only recently suggested they may move to ban them.

Those products, sold under the MarkTen, blu, Vuse and Logic brands, have lost market share as Juul has risen to prominence over the previous year, growing from 13.6 percent of the USA e-cigarette market in early 2017 to almost 75 percent now, according to a Wells Fargo analysis of Nielsen retail data.

In the past, they have said they never meant to target young people. "If not, they'll have this problem until they get rid of them".

'Would you give a recovering alcoholic a whiskey-flavored drink? No.

The restriction would reportedly not apply to mint flavors because menthol cigarettes are sold.

Gottlieb's steps will nearly certainly be denounced as too aggressive by the industry and too weak by public health groups and Democratic lawmakers, whose election victory will likely embolden them in efforts to curb youths' use of e-cigarettes.

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