New York May Become First State to Ban Flavored E-Cigs
New York May Become First State to Ban Flavored E-Cigs
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11 November, 2018, 05:10
A ban on sales of most flavored electronic cigarettes in retail stores and gas stations across the United States is to be introduced by the Food and Drug Administration, according to media reports. Gottlieb is also expected to propose banning menthol in regular cigarettes, which is sure to get pushback from the tobacco industry.
Meredith Berkman, a founder of Parents Against Vaping E-cigarettes, which seeks to curb underage use, said the agency's move was a "good first step", but added that "the final step should have happened yesterday".
From one teen to the next, e-cigarettes, or vaping, has skyrocketed in popularity.
The FDA has warned several e-cigarette makers to stop marketing to teenagers or risk being banned.
The FDA launched a crackdown on flavored e-cigarettes earlier this year, as the number of teens using the products reached epidemic proportions, The Times reported.
E-cigarettes are generally considered a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes, but they do contain nicotine.
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"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and unsafe - trend among teens", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in September. The regulations will be republished soon, the agency said. It also said it cracked down on 1,300 retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors.
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.
The FDA did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association, a vaping trade group, called New York's proposal short-sighted and said it would be "devastating" to adult smokers trying to quit traditional cigarettes through use of flavored vapor products.
"The big answer is we don't know, we have no idea what the long-term use of e-cigarettes is", Krugman said.
E-cigarettes have been a divisive topic in the public health community.
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