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FDA moves to restrict flavored e-cigarette sales to teenagers

pWASHINGTON — With a few weeks left in his tenure as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Wednesday moved to restrict sales of flavored e-cigarettes to try to reduce the soaring rate of teenage vaping./ppThe agency issued a proposal requiring that stores sequester flavored e-cigarettes to areas off limits to anyone younger than 18. Retailers, including convenience stores and gas stations, will be expected to verify the age of their customers./pp“Evidence shows that youth are especially attracted to flavored e-cigarette products,” Gottlieb said in a statement, “and that minors are able to access these products from both brick-and-mortar retailers as well as online, despite federal restrictions on sales to anyone under 18.”/ppThe rate of teenage vaping has risen sharply in the past few years, with 3.6 million middle and high school students reporting that they had vaped last year, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But teenage smoking continues to be at record lows, alongside the general decline in smoking rates, a pattern that public health experts warn could be reversed if nicotine addiction spurred by vaping leads young people to traditional tobacco products./ppLast fall, the FDA began a …read more

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