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FDA wants to crack down on teen vaping

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/16/18, 10:19 am

The Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday plans to restrict flavored nicotine products after a government survey showed the number of teens using them had skyrocketed. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wants to stop convenience stores from selling flavored e-cigarette products to minors and ban menthol flavoring in cigarettes and cigars. “I will not allow a generation of children to become addicted to nicotine through e-cigarettes,” Gottlieb said in a statement. He also called for additional steps to prevent the marketing of e-cigarettes directly to kids and online sales to minors. The National Youth Tobacco Survey last spring showed that so-called “vaping” increased by almost 80 percent among U.S. high schoolers last year and nearly 50 percent among middle school students. Health experts warn vaping can hook teenagers on nicotine and could be a gateway to regular smoking and the use of other drugs.

Ahead of the FDA announcement this week, popular e-cigarette maker JUUL said it would shut down its Facebook and Instagram accounts and stop sales of flavored products in 90,000 retail stores.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • Doug Olson
    Posted: Fri, 11/16/2018 04:16 pm

    Good afternoon,

    How is FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb going to stop high school and middle school children from vaping?? He can prevent stores from selling e-cigarettes and, perhaps, online marketing to students but he cannot stop people over twenty-one (21) from buying these products and giving them to high school and middle school students. (Even if he completely and totally eliminated the manufacturng of e-cigarettes in the United States they would "flow" into this country from either Canada, Mexico, Europe or Asia. No, at heart, this is a spritual, moral problem that our children (and their parents) have today. They all need to realize that they are not gods and to come to faith in the one (1) true LORD God and His Son Jesus Christ. Then they will no longer need to vape, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, and all the other one hundred and one (101) activities that people pursue to avoid the LORD Jesus Christ!!!

    Doug Olson