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FDA restricts all flavored e-cigarettes; moves to ban menthol & flavored cigars

Nov 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced sweeping new restrictions on flavored tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes popular among teenagers in an effort to prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts.

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The much-anticipated announcement will mean that only tobacco, mint and menthol e-cigarette flavors can be sold at most traditional retail outlets such as convenience stores. Other fruity- or sweet-flavored varieties can now only be sold at age-restricted stores or through online merchants that use age-verification checks.

The FDA also plans to seek a ban on menthol cigarettes, a longtime goal of public health advocates, as well as flavored cigars.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the moves are meant to prevent young people from continuing to use e-cigarettes, potentially leading to traditional cigarette smoking.

“We won’t let this pool of kids, a pool of future potential smokers, of future disease and death, to continue to build,” he said. “I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes,” Gottlieb said.

The agency has faced mounting pressure to act on e-cigarettes amid their surging popularity among U.S. teenagers in recent years. One of the most popular devices, made by San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc, has become a phenomenon at U.S. high schools, where “Juuling” has become synonymous with vaping.

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Data released Thursday by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a 78 percent increase in high school students who reported using e-cigarettes in the last 30 days,  compared with the prior year.

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More than 3 million high school students, or more than 20 percent of all U.S. high school students, used the product, along with 570,000 middle school students, according to the survey.

Juul and tobacco giant Altria Group Inc had announced measures to pull flavored e-cigarette products from retail outlets, after the FDA threatened in September to ban Juul and other leading e-cigarette products unless their makers took steps to prevent use by minors.

Read the full FDA announcement HERE.

Article courtesy of Reuters

The Next Generation of Addicts

A new video created by a 17-year-old high school student sheds an eye-opening light on teens’ use of e-cigarettes, or what they call “juuling.” The video is the first from the organization “JUULERS Against JUUL“, which was also started by the student to raise money for “targeted PSA’s, youth talks across the country, and re-vamping of health curriculum.”

The term “juuling” derives from JUUL, a trendy vape pen that heats up liquid nicotine that users inhale. The pen has capsules, or pods, that come in a variety of flavors like “cool mint” and “fruit medley.”

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Here are a few quotes from teens in the video above:

  • “You couldn’t be caught dead with a cigarette right now if you’re a teenager, but with juuling, it’s cool to Juul.”
  • “Some of my friends have tried using cigarettes and it’s because they have been juuling, because they’re so used to juuling that they think it’s OK to use cigarettes.”
  • “These flavors are drawing them in and the nicotine is forcing them to stay.”
  • “I want to stop but the habit of juulig is just so intense.”
  • “The more people that know about the problem, the more people can take action and from there we can really make change.”
Repost from The LOOP: Health Equity in Tobacco Control

Original article from ABC News

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