Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

FDA to limit sales of flavored e-cigarettes

FDA to limit sales of flavored e-cigarettes

The reason mint- and menthol-flavored e-cigarettes are not included is they are more popular with adults who may be using them to decrease or stop their use of traditional cigarettes. He also proposed beefing up measures to ensure that convenience stores and some other retailers do not sell e-cigarettes in kid-friendly flavors such as cherry and vanilla.

Health advocates say a menthol ban would have greater impact on the health of Americans, but it would likely take years to put in place. That is not striking a balance, since it could justify removing e-cigarettes from the market entirely, which would prevent teenagers from using them but also prevent smokers from switching to them, resulting in more smoking-related morbidity and mortality. And the bottom line is this: "I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes", said Gottlieb.

"The banning of flavors, popular among teens, would definitely be an important step in curbing the growing epidemic of e-cigarettes among youth", said Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at Northwell Health, a network of hospitals in NY.

The FDA has taken earlier steps to investigate the marketing of e-cigarettes by Juul and other companies. The FDA now bans sales of e-cigarettes and tobacco products to those under 18.

United States regulators Thursday ordered sharp restrictions on sales of e-cigarettes, as national data showed a 78 percent single-year surge in vaping among young people, with two-thirds using fruit and candy-flavored products. Last year, it was down to 14 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Getting out ahead of the FDA announcement, Juul on Tuesday stopped filling store orders for mango, fruit, creme and cucumber pods and will resume sales only to retailers that scan IDs and take other steps to verify a buyer is at least 21.

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That action, according to the statement, starts with severely limiting the sale of e-cigarettes in all flavors except mint, menthol and tobacco; unflavored e-cigarettes are also unaffected by the policy. The liquid usually has nicotine and flavouring in it, and other additives.

E-cigarettes were created to give adult smokers a healthier alternative to cigarettes, but the products have become popular among kids and teenagers. Today's restrictions on flavors are interim measures that companies must follow before submitting detailed plans before the deadline.

U.S. federal agencies now plan to prohibit the sale of sweet-flavoured electronic cigarette liquid at convenience stores and gas stations. But many versions contain potentially addictive nicotine, and health officials believe they set kids who try them on a path toward regular cigarettes.

Any move to ban menthol is expected to face fierce resistance from the tobacco industry.

Altria fell 1.86 percent at 1:45 (1845 GMT) while British American Tobacco (Dunhill, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall) lost 3 percent and Philip Morris International fell 0.26 percent. The agency "intends to propose a product standard that would ban flavors in all cigars" and "will advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would seek to ban menthol in combustible tobacco products, including cigarettes and cigars", the statement says.

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