CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – The FDA is trying to crack down on the sale of fruity flavored e-cigarettes. The announcement was made Wednesday in an effort to make the habit less appealing to teens.
There’s no question that vaping has become extremely popular over the years. Many users like Pierre Jebbins turned to vaping to quit smoking traditional cigarettes.
However, the flavors could soon be harder to find if the FDA has its way. The agency’s new proposal would limit sales of flavored nicotine pods to websites, vape shops and other retailers that impose age restrictions. Their goal is to stop the teen vaping surge.
“We need to limit things like internet access. That’s where a lot of kids are getting them. Peer to peer purchases. The straw purchases. I don’t know if eliminating flavors is going to take that away. Yeah they’re not going to like it as much but I still think they’re going to use it,” said Kathman.
The CDC says in the past year 3.6 million middle and high school students reported that they vaped. According to the CDC, the nicotine in e-cigarettes is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.
Customers say they don’t want to see the flavors go, but if it happens they understand.
The restrictions won’t apply to menthol, mint and tobacco e-cigarette flavors that the FDA says is more appealing to adults.
The FDA will accept comments on the guidelines for 30 days before finalizing the plan later this year.