The FDA announced a new rule, which will take effect at the beginning of February, banning the sale of mint and fruit-flavored nicotine vaping products in the US. The agency has done this with the hope of cutting down on the number of teens who have started vaping.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar issued a statement this week, saying,
“The United States has never seen an epidemic of substance use arise as quickly as our current epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes. HHS is taking a comprehensive, aggressive approach to enforcing the law passed by Congress, under which no e-cigarettes are currently on the market legally.”
The new ban only includes cartridge nicotine pods and does not include flavored liquids, which allow users to fill their own pods.
This new ban has support from many organizations, including the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. Its President, Matthew Myers had this to say when asked about the new law:
“Only the elimination of all flavored e-cigarettes can end the worsening youth e-cigarette epidemic and stop e-cigarette companies from luring and addicting kids with flavored products.”
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