FDA Launching Crackdown On Sales Of E-Cigs To Minors

Chris Sommer
September 12, 2018 - 2:07 pm

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The Food and Drug Administration is fed up with the rampant use of e-cigarettes by kids and teenagers. Now, the FDA is giving five major e-cigarette manufacturers 60 days to clean up their act.

Bloomberg Reporter Anna Edney said, "They're going to take a look and see if they can get the companies that make these to come in with some plans to basically stem that tide.  If they can't, the FDA is considering taking these flavored e-cigarettes off the market."

Edney said it's the flavored variety of the e-cigs that are firmly in the crosshairs of the federal agency, since the flavored products are most appealing to minors.  She added that most of the products currently on the market are flavored, "They are there on the adult side to try and get people to quit smoking, and so they try to do that by bringing in different flavors that aren't exactly like smoking a cigarette.  But then there's the problem of those being appealing to kids."

The FDA is very concerned that kids and teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to eventually begin smoking cigarettes.

In case you are wondering, it is already illegal to sell e-cigs to minors.  Edney said, "There's been a lot of enforcement on the cigarette side at retailers and online to try and make sure minors aren't using them, but the issue is there hasn't been that much enforcement (on e-cigarettes), nobody's really thought to look at it as closely, except very recently."

Edney said the FDA is giving the five major companies a limited amount of time to provide feedback that will help curb sales to minors.  If they cannot accommodate, the agency is prepared to look at banning many flavored e-cigarettes.  Some of the products targeted include Juul, Blu and MarkTen.