The FDA’s Proposed Flavour Restrictions Might Worsen Teen Vaping Charges 


Analysis indicated that solely 31.1% of minors who obtained e-cigarettes purchased them from a retailer.

The flavours draft guideline was launched simply weeks earlier than Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s set exit from the company. This transfer was actually one in all Gottlieb’s priorities following the backlash he confronted for the alleged improve in teen vaping, which many blamed on the PMTA delay.

The proposal will ban all flavoured merchandise except tobacco, mint or menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, from retail shops that minors can entry simply, akin to comfort shops and fuel stations.

“We’re proposing to prioritize enforcement of flavored ENDS merchandise (aside from tobacco-, mint-, and menthol-flavored) which can be supplied on the market in ways in which pose a larger danger for minors to entry the merchandise,” mentioned the previous Commissioner in an announcement on the time.

Most teenagers don’t buy e-cigs straight

Nevertheless, in an article on CNBC, the CEO of the Nationwide Affiliation of Comfort Shops Henry O. Armour, identified that analysis has indicated that solely 31.1% of minors who obtained e-cigarettes purchased them from a retailer. The 2018 examine titled “How do Adolescents Get Their E-Cigarettes and Different Digital Vaping Units?” printed within the American Journal of Well being Promotion, had indicated that minors get most of their e-cigarettes from adults who’re sufficiently old to purchase them.

The examine, which was even cited by the FDA in its coverage proposal, additionally confirmed that whereas first obtained by adults, the units are resold or given to minors, with greater than half of the minors who use e-cigarettes acquiring them this manner.

“The counterproductive nature of the FDA’s coverage turns into clear when inspecting the information on these retail gross sales. Virtually a 3rd of minors who purchase e-cigarettes from a retailer bought them on-line, 22.3% purchased them in vape outlets and 16.4% bought them in tobacco shops. Altogether, these three varieties of shops account for practically 70% of the retail purchases of e-cigarettes by minors,” defined Armour.

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