FDA Guidelines Fail to Stop Sale of Flavored E-cigarettes

FDA Guidelines Fail to Stop Sale of Flavored E-cigarettes
FDA guideline on flavored e-cigarettes came into effect last year, but flavored e-cigarettes are still widely available towards children.

In January 2020, the FDA released highly anticipated guidance regarding flavored e-cigarette products, which went into effect in February of the following year. The guidance stated that companies manufacturing, distributing, or selling unauthorized flavored e-cigarettes (with the exception of tobacco or menthol) within 30 days may face enforcement action from the FDA.

In September of last year, a judge's ruling aimed to enforce this measure. However, a report from the Smoke-Free Kids campaign shows that countless child-friendly e-cigarette flavors are still being sold through five top online e-cigarette retailers and are widely available in convenience stores and gas stations in eight cities across the country.

Matthew Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, stated that flavored e-cigarettes, which are widely available online and in retail stores, are being used by young people. He explained that the variety of flavors appeals to them and that nicotine can be addictive. Myers added that if these products did not have such flavors, fewer children would be attracted to them, as 85% of children who use e-cigarettes prefer flavored ones.

The sharp increase in seasoning disposable e-cigarettes.

Meanwhile, due to the ban, there has been a shift in the types of products that teenagers purchase. For example, sales of Juul have sharply declined while sales of Puff Bar's flavored disposable devices have dramatically increased. The latter sells a range of disposable electronic cigarettes with flavors like lemonade, tobacco, and strawberry, as well as a variety of colorful lights that illuminate during use. These devices contain 5% (or 50 milligrams) of nicotine salt.

Amid concerns about the popularity of Juul devices, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have emphasized that nicotine salts can lead to increased nicotine consumption, making e-cigarettes particularly dangerous for teenagers.

Meanwhile, WebMD reported that a summary of store evaluations conducted in eight cities was provided for the Smoke-Free Kids campaign.

Juul is sold in all cities, with most cities carrying brands such as Vuse, NJOY, and blu. Flavored e-cigarette oils have been found in most cities and include flavors such as apple, cola, peach, tropical fruit, strawberry macaron, and orange. Disposable e-cigarettes are also available in every city, featuring flavors such as coconut, pineapple smoothie, strawberry ice cream, gummy bears, mango, and sour lemonade.

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