FDA could ban some e-cigarette flavors next week

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Taking on epidemic levels of teen e-cigarette use, the US Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce new restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products an agency official confirmed Thursday.

The restriction would reportedly not apply to mint flavors because menthol cigarettes are sold.

A spokesman for Cuomo tells the Journal the governor is very concerned about the rise of e-cigarette use among young people.

Although vaping is generally considered a less unsafe alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products, health officials have warned nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains. He has said the FDA will share its own plan in mid-November. It also said it cracked down on 1,300 retailers who illegally sold e-cigarettes to minors.

Research indicates many e-cigarette users are likely to get addicted to nicotine and some will likely end up on regular cigarettes, a product that kills half its long-term users. Plus, the long-term health effects of vaping are unknown.

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Health advocates have anxious about the popularity of vaping products among kids, especially e-cigarettes with mint, fruit, chocolate or any number of other flavorings sold online and at convenience stores, gas stations and vape shops.

Altria (mo) has already said it will remove its MarkTen pod-based products and will stop selling all flavors except for menthol or tobacco in its products until the FDA reviews and approves them.

The FDA recently launched a massive education campaign aimed at the almost 10.7 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use, taking the message that vaping is unsafe into high school bathrooms and social media feeds.

At the same time, vaping devotees and "harm reduction" advocates have said e-cigarettes represent s powerful tool in helping adult smokers to quit more unsafe cigarettes.

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