The Food and Drug Administration may soon impose enormous sales restrictions on the sale of some flavored steam products ̵
Citing high-ranking officials who are familiar with the matter, the Washington Post reported Thursday that FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a ban on the sale of some flavored e-cigs – specially spiced cartridges – in the tens of thousands next week Convenience Stores and Gas Stations across the Country ":
Gottlieb's activities focus on a specific steam product that dominates the market – e-cigarettes that use prepacked aroma cartridges or pods. These include the popular Vaping products from Juul Labs. The restrictions do not apply to the "open tank systems" available in vape shops.
The Post also reported that the agency wants to enforce "age verification requirements for online sales".
Specially flavored e-cigarette products are said to be protected from the ban. The Post reported that the agency allows menthol flavors because they are also approved in traditional cigarettes, but also because "the agency does not want to give traditional cigarettes in retail any benefit over e-cigarettes." 19659003] Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association, said by e-mail that although minors should not be able to defend, the alleged restrictions "only make adult smokers find it hard to become a far less harmful alternative." switch."
"Not every city has a vape shop, which means it's much easier for many smokers to buy a pack of marlboros or camels – or even an unrestricted cherry-flavored cigar – at a local convenience store Switching to a steam product that really helps him break their desire for cigarettes, "he said.
The news of the upcoming regulation follows a September report that the FDA has taken steps to cr to the sale of E-cigs to minors with a nationwide "undercover lightning" from online and in-store retailers According to the FDA as the "largest coordinated enforcement action" in its history, the agency sent more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers selling steam products to minors .
"We are committed to the comprehensive approach to addressing nicotine addiction, which is an important part of our diet announced last year, "Gottlieb said in a statement. "At the same time, however, we see clear signs that the use of electronic cigarettes has reached epidemic proportions in adolescents, and we need to adapt some aspects of our comprehensive strategy to avert this clear and present danger. This begins with the measures we are taking today to combat the retail sale of e-cigarettes to minors.