(US NEWS) – The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced it was restricting the sale of all flavored e-cigarettes and seeking to ban menthol in cigarettes.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the FDA, said in the announcement that flavored e-cigarettes would now be "sold in age-restricted, in-person locations and, if sold online, under heightened practices for age verification."
The restrictions apply to only flavored devices, which are more appealing to younger users, and not tobacco, mint and menthol flavors or non-flavored products. According to Gottlieb, this "distinction among flavors seeks to maintain access for adult users of these products."
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The push to limit the sales of e-cigarettes to youth comes on the heels of a report published by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey conducted among middle and high school students found "astonishing increases in kid's use" of the devices.