Yes, those pesky little Nicotine flavored E-cigs that are being banned.
The US Food and Drug Administration has announced measures to drastically cut back on flavorings used in e-cigarettes, heightening the tension that already exists between proponents of e-cigarettes as tools for harm reduction and public health researchers who claim e-cigarettes are a pathway leading teens to start using traditional cigarettes. Think about it, how easy it is for the young generation to get a hold of an E-cig.
The FDA is restricting all flavors of e-cigarettes—except menthol, mint and tobacco flavors—to be sold only in person at locations not accessible by those under age 18. These refer to all flavored products for electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), including “e-liquids, cartridge-based systems, and cigalikes.” -according to Gottlieb from the FDA.
These products can still be sold in 18-and-up vaping shops, and menthol, mint and tobacco-flavored (or non-flavored) e-cigarettes can still be sold in any location cigarettes are sold. However, flavorings also cannot be sold online “without heightened age verification processes,” the details of which still need to be developed.
The FDA has realized that our youth is being addicted to these products. That there are more and more kids that are using nicotine and are easily able to hide it with E-cigarettes usage. They are making sure that don’t don’t attract the young market by providing flavors for them. How easy is it of youngers to smoke and not get caught? Before it was hard because one cigarrette would leave the stench for a while, but a vape smoke disappears in 3 seconds. Lets not forget it is not just a smoke scent, but a fruity scent.
They show that e-cigarette use has increased 78% in high schoolers and 48% in middle schoolers, resulting in 3.6 million adolescents currently using e-cigarettes—1.5 million more than last year. More than one in four of these teens use e-cigarettes regularly, at least 20 days in the past month. Further, about two out of three teens use flavored e-cigarettes. These numbers are staggering!
FDA is stepping in and saying no to these flavored E-cigs.