FDA Expected to Restrict E-Cigarette Sales

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According to a report in The Washington Post, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will probably impose a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarette, or vaping, products in convenience stores and gas stations across the United States. The agency has taken steps in recent months to curb use of these products, which have been associated with health risks, especially in teens.

FDA officials have also indicated that additional rules, including age-verification requirements for flavored vaping products sold online, are likely to be implemented as well, according to the report. Preliminary research shows that e-cigarette use has increased 77 percent among high school students and almost 50 percent among middle-schoolers so far in 2018.

Long-term health effects of e-cigarettes are not fully known. Some research suggests that people who use them may become addicted to nicotine and be at higher risk to start smoking regular cigarettes. Flavored vaping products included in the expected FDA ruling dominate the youth e-cigarette market.

Sourced from: The Washington Post