Nearly all e-cigarette flavorings can no longer be sold in convenience stores or any other brick-and-mortar store except adult-only vaping shops, according to new regulations announced by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week. Only mint, menthol and tobacco flavorings can still be sold alongside unflavored e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes in food and convenience stores, and any flavorings sold online must have stringent age verification requirements that are still being developed, as I reported here yesterday.
The new measures, along with restrictions on flavored cigars and continuing steps to ban menthol cigarettes, are part of Gottlieb’s stated commitment to address rapidly increasing rates of teen vaping, or e-cigarette use. But adults who have successfully used e-cigarettes to quit smoking worry the restrictions will make it harder for others to make the switch from traditional to electronic cigarettes and reduce harm to their health caused by nicotine dependence.
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