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FDA to Ban Most Flavored E-Cigarettes

FDA to Ban Most Flavored E-Cigarettes

About 6.9 million adults used e-cigarettes in 2017, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday.

The United States' Food and Drug Administration is planning to ban menthol cigarettes further crippling the tobacco industry.

FDA officials have been weighing measures to try to curb the use of flavored e-cigarettes among teenagers.

U.S. regulators plans to ban menthol cigarettes when they impose stricter rules on sales of flavored e-cigarettes in a bid to stop Americans - particularly young ones - from feeling lured into the risky habit.

Juul, which accounts for more than 70 percent of the retail market, is sold in tens of thousands of retail outlets. Revenue from e-cigarette devices made up less than 1 percent of British American Tobacco's global revenue for the first six months of 2018, according to a company filing from July.

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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.

"Probably less would use it, but the people who have been using the Juul since they first popped up, they would still use it because they're definitely addicted", Taylor Garron told FOX 13 News.

While it might take some time before the restriction comes into effect, given it has to go through regulatory processes of the FDA, none of the major tobacco companies commented on this proposed ban yet.

The companies have previously said their products are intended for adult use and that they work to ensure retailers comply with the law.

Among e-cigarettes, he plans to make it harder to buy flavored products underage - even online - since that is how most young people seem to start. Some focus on the potential for the products to shift lifelong smokers onto less harmful nicotine products, while others fear they risk drawing a new generation into nicotine addiction. It would take a year for the ruling to be finalised and another year for it to be taken into force.


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