The Food and Drug Administration announced its official attempt to make it more difficult for children to get their hands on e-cigarettes.
We’ve been telling you about a plan to ban flavored sales at gas stations and convenience stores.
Thursday, the FDA released solid numbers showing a significant increase in the number of teen smokers.
In 2017, 1.5 million students were considered e-cigarette users, and in 2018, that number jumped to 3.6 million, according to the FDA.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s said in a statement dated November 15, “I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes,” adding, “We won’t let this pool of kids, a pool of future potential smokers, future disease, and death, to continue to build.”
Gottlieb plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, cigars, and vaping products unless they’re sold in places like smoke shops and vape stores. If kids try to get them online, it will be harder to verify their age.
The FDA also plans to ban menthol cigarettes.