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    FDA plans curbs on e-cigarette sales over concerns about surge in teen vaping
    Laurie McGinley
    The Washington Post
    November 8th, 2018

    The Food and Drug Administration, alarmed by a huge increase in vaping among minors, is expected to impose severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products throughout the United States -- actions that will probably have a significant impact on an industry that has grown exponentially in recent years with little government oversight.

    As soon as next week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in tens of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations across the country, according to senior agency officials. The agency will also impose such rules as age-verification requirements for online sales, the officials say.

    Gottlieb also is expected to propose banning menthol in regular cigarettes. The agency has been collecting public comments on such a prohibition, which is a major goal of the public health community but is likely to be strongly opposed by the cigarette industry.

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    The only exception to the ?flavored-products ban in convenience stores involves mint and menthol ?e-cigarette products. The FDA will continue to permit sales of those flavors because menthol is permitted in regular cigarettes, and the agency doesn't want to give traditional cigarettes an advantage over e-cigarettes. But the FDA may extend the sales restriction to those flavors if teen vaping doesn't decline, officials said.

    Gottlieb's actions apply to a specific kind of vaping product that dominates the youth market -- e-cigarettes that use prepackaged flavor cartridges, or pods. That includes the wildly popular vaping products by Juul Labs. The restrictions don't apply to the "open-tank" systems available in vape shops.
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    The owners of vape and smoke shops must be thrilled. I expect a boom of new ones opening in response to this.
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    I still can't get enough of the anti-juul commercials. That and the political Dana one but now that the election's over that's a thing of the past.
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