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FDA Will Crack Down on E-Cigarette Sales to Limit Teen Vaping

Slyly crafted nicotine products have too many young people hooked — new regulations are to be announced next week

The smoking of traditional cigarettes has fallen to an all-time low, to 14 percent in 2017, according to federal data.

Yet the vaping of e-cigarettes has skyrocketed.

Data from an ongoing survey called Monitoring the Future suggests that one out of three high school seniors in this country had used a nicotine-containing e-cigarette within the year.

These slyly crafted products are marketed in the windows of nearly every gas station across the country and have become a severe new problem for parents and teachers everywhere, as NPR and other outlets have also reported.

The FDA has fortunately taken note of the trend — and seeks to ban the sale of the majority of flavored e-cigarettes at places such as gas stations and convenience stores.

E-cig flavors such as mint, mango, and cucumber are much more appealing to teens than the harsh tobacco flavor of regular cigarettes — making it immensely easier for young people to get hooked on the tremendously addictive chemical.

Related: E-Cigarette Use Among Teens May Be Vastly Underestimated

Speaking on Pulse Check, Politico’s podcast, commissioner of the FDA Scott Gottleib expressed his concern that one medium of nicotine consumption is replacing another.

“The bottom line is that we are creating a whole pool of kids addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes. Some proportion of them are going to become longer term users of combustible tobacco than otherwise might never have initiated on tobacco,” said Gottlieb on the program.

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Gottlieb also spoke with USA Today back in September and expressed the notion that the FDA was “reconsidering our overall approach” after a data analysis showed that youth vaping had climbed 75 percent in the last year alone.

“Teenagers are becoming regular users, and the proportion of regular users is increasing,” said Gottlieb. “We’re going to have to take action.”

The products, allegedly intended for adult smokers who wish to switch to a safer alternative, have obviously gone above and beyond their expressed target market.

What is marketed to help people who are already smokers has gotten an alarming number of teens and young adults to start using nicotine products.

E-cigarettes have little or no smell, are extremely small, and can be hidden just about anywhere — and can be bought at nearly every convenience store or gas station.

Tobacco products are the leading cause of preventable disease, and according to Recovery First, nicotine is the third most addictive drug in the world.

E-cigarettes have little or no smell, are extremely small, and can be hidden just about anywhere — and can be bought at nearly every convenience store or gas station.

The fact is it’s never been easier for kids to start and hide a nicotine habit from their parents and teachers — and that’s worrisome for all the obvious reasons.

The new FDA regulations regarding e-cigarettes are to be announced sometime during the week of November 12.

Juul, by the way, is the most prevalent brand among teens and young adults, and that brand presumably would be hit the hardest by the soon-to-arrive FDA regulations.

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