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FDA Restricts Sale of Flavored E-Cigs to Discourage Smoking Among Youth

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

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  • Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. While traditional (combustible) cigarette use has declined, the number of teens using e-cigarettes (vaping) has steadily risen
  • Between 2011 and 2015, vaping among high school students rose 900 percent
  • According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, 3.6 million children and teens are now vaping, a 78 percent increase among high school students and a 48 percent increase among middle school students from the year before
  • To rein in the use of e-cigs among children and teens, the FDA will restrict sale of sweet-flavored vaping products in convenience stores and gas stations
  • Stores selling child-friendly e-cig flavors must keep the products in an age-restricted section and must have age verification measures in place to prevent underage sale

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., and health authorities warn that while traditional (combustible) cigarette use has declined, the number of teens using e-cigs, also known as vaping, has steadily risen in recent years.

Between 2011 and 2015, vaping among high school students rose by an astounding 900 percent. According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, 3.6 million teens are now vaping. A high schooler quoted in The New Yorker expresses a common view when he says that while smoking is "gross … Juuling is really what's up." FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gotttlieb commented on the findings, saying:


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