We knew it was coming. The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new measures to crack down on the use of e-cigarettes by minors.
The FDA released a statement yesterday saying there's been an "epidemic-level rise" in teenage vaping, and that the new plan would crack down on youth access to flavored e-cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said evidence shows youth are getting flavored e-cigarettes from both brick-and-mortar retailers and online, despite federal age restrictions.
Minty flavored liquid is specifically being targeted. The FDA is still in the process of authorizing companies to sell vape material and the deadline to apply is going to be changed from 2022 to 2021.
Gottlieb said the most recent data show more than three-point-six million middle and high school students in the U.S. were e-cigarette users in 2018, which is up one-point-five million from the previous year.
Source: The Verge