FDA moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes: Here’s what we know

Saturday, 14 Sep, 2019

"People are going to watch what we're saying and parents are going to be a lot tougher with respect to their children", Trump said.

Responding to Donald Trump's plan to axe flavourings in the U.S. due to concerns about youths taking up e-cigarettes, Public Health England said they helped smokers switch from more risky tobacco. The restrictions extend to misleading marketing, including the use of terms like "clean", "safe", and "healthy", which may perpetuate ideas that vaping products are harmless. But that law did not apply to e-cigarettes, which were then a tiny segment of the tobacco market.

He also said the agency would take enforcement action if they determined children are being intentionally attracted to e-cigarettes. But people are dying with vaping so we're looking at it very, very closely.

"Our much lower rates are due to our much stricter advertising regulations and possibly our lower nicotine cap". There are now more than 450 possible cases across 33 states.

Keenan works for Songbirds Vape & Smoke in West Hartford. Daren Bakst, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank, said the move will make it harder to adults to stop smoking regular cigarettes by restricting the alternatives. The vast majority of the cases are young people.

Azar said he was directing the FDA to develop a plan that will ban those child-friendly flavors such as bubble gum, mango and mint.

Many people aren't aware that e-cigarettes contain more than just water vapor. Current e-cigarette use for middle school student went from 0.6% in 2017 to 4.9%.

"This is an important step in response to the epidemic of e-cigarette use among our Nation's youth, and will help protect them from a lifetime of nicotine addiction and associated health risks".

AP Wire Services were used in this report.

Azar said the administration would allow tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes to remain available as an option for adult smokers.

Some 96.3% of 11-year-olds had never used an e-cigarette or were unaware of them, compared with 68.4% of 18-year-olds.

Government surveys reveal that more than 80% of underage teenagers who vape said they chose e-cigarettes because the product range "comes in flavours that I like".

The proportion trying vaping before a tobacco cigarette rose from 8% in 2014 to 21% in 2018.

As of September 6, more than 450 possible cases of lung illness associated with the use of e-cigarette products had been reported from 33 U.S. states and one U.S. territory, namely the U.S. Virgin Islands.

No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified, although many cases involve marijuana vaping devices.

In a press release shortly after Mr Trump's announcement, the health secretary said officials "will not stand idly by" as a generation become addicted to nicotine. On and around college campuses, it's common to see people holding e-cigarettes.