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The FDA Is Pushing Ahead With A Ban On Most Flavored E-Cigarettes. Here's Why

Posted On: Nov 9, 2018   |   Posted By: Fortune

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pushing back against the unchecked growth of the e-cigarette industry.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is expected this week to announce bans on most flavored e-cigarettes in an attempt to curb " epidemic " levels of teen e-cigarette use, senior FDA officials told CNBC and the Washington Post .
Preliminary government data showed -e-cigarette use rose 77% among high schoolers and nearly 50% among middle schoolers in 2018, meaning that 3.5 million minors were vaping in early 2018.
While vaping itself is less harmful than tobacco smoking, research shows many -e-cigarette users are likely to develop nicotine addictions and some will probably end up on regular cigarettes, a product that kills half of its long-term users. Plus, the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown.
The agency plans to prohibit sales of flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations. Instead, they will only be sold in vape and tobacco shops, which enforce age...

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