FDA limits flavors
AMERICA’S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to ban sales of most flavored e-cigarettes in stores and gas stations nationwide under a plan to stop underage vaping, it has been revealed.
The FDA is expected to announce details of the new measures next week, according to a senior agency official as reported in America’s Washington Post.
The new law change, which is expected to have a “significant impact” on the vaping industry, has already been criticized by industry experts and public health groups who are concerned ex smokers who have successfully quit cigarettes thanks to vaping flavors, could return to their old habits if the products are harder to get hold of.
New measures will also include setting up age-verification measures for online sales to stop minors buying flavored pods.
Those opposing the flavor ban include American Vaping Association‘s Gregory Conley who recently told a panel discussion on e-cigarettes hosted by US news website Axios that enforcing bans on both flavors and sales could do huge damage to America’s public’s health, since vaping has helped over 4.5 million ex smokers quit tobacco for good.
He explained: “I vape Tropical Twist, so it has some pineapple to it, so mostly I use fruits – the vast majority of adult vapers are using non tobacco flavors and it’s the non tobacco flavors that so many of ex smokers say: ‘That’s the reason why I was able to quit because once I’d had mango, once I’d had watermelon, a tobacco cigarette didn’t taste so good after a week or two.’
“No doubt flavors are a reason why people are drawn to the product but it’s not the only reason why youth use the product. When the government ask them: ‘Why have you vaped?’, the number one and number two reasons are that: ‘It’s less harmful than smoking’ and ‘because it’s less harmful to those around me’.
“So ignoring the hurt – the grave damage – that this would do to adult smokers if there was a flavor ban tomorrow, if youth are using these products for nicotine, many will continue to use these products if there are flavors or not.”
He added: “The number one issue – if you don’t have flavors you do not have adults switching to these products….Tobacco flavors are awful. You do not have harm reduction with these products. You can just get rid of the entire category if you are not going to have flavors available.”
The FDA, meanwhile, has claimed the new initiative has been spurred by new preliminary government data that shows e-cigarette use rose 77 percent among high schoolers and nearly 50 per cent among middle schoolers in 2018.
It also comes after the FDA conducted investigations into underage vaping sales in stores across America earlier this year and issued over 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors.
Retailers who were caught include national convenience stores and gas stations like 7-Eleven, Circle K, Shell and Mobil, according to an FDA database.
This flawed data is spuriously misleading. It’s simple arithmetic!!: The seemingly alarming increase is only because the base for the % increase is relatively small. E.g., let’s make the the computation small for illustration: Say the number of teenage vapers was 10 in 2017 and increased by 8 in 2018…that’s a whopping 80% increase…but the number of new vapers is only 8. I’m willing to bet a dollar and a doughnut that despite the high % increase, the actual number of new teenage vapers was less than the number of new teenage smokers.
And…to cite as a reason and allude that regular stores can’t do an adequate job checking ID for vape products “because vape stores are better at checking ID from customers”…but apparently adequate enough for checking ID for indisputably deadly tobacco products to Alcohol is so laughable it totally insults my intelligence!
Count me as one of those who was able kick my 2-pack a day habit with fruity flavored tropical juices. Say’s David Giudice of Vaping Advocacy Network.
JUUL pulled all flavored vapor products from the market today in an ill advised attempt to squelch Scott Gottliebs imaginary “Epidemic”
This is the single greatest attack on American health I have ever witnessed.
Smoking will kill 480,000 people this year alone.
In 9 years of mass vaping by people worldwide ZERO deaths
We are seeing the lowest levels of Adult and Teen smoking EVER!
Yes, teenagers are vaping.
No , they shouldn’t
But teenagers historically do things they shouldn’t.
Taking away vaping flavors from adults will never stop teenagers from scheming ways to do things they shouldn’t
Why would Scott Gottlieb and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration take away what is working at stopping the single deadliest addiction in America, in an attempt to prevent teens from using a product that is provably AT LEAST 95% safer than smoking?
The answer is that the FDA is not interested in healthy citizens.
This is despicable
Smoking kills people
Making quitting harder means less people quit
Which means more people will die because of this action which came from FDA pressure
The FDA loves dead smokers more than healthy vapers