FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking

From: The Washington Post
Agency targets e-cigarettes, flavored cigars and menthol cigarettes.

By Laurie McGinley

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The FDA says it will limit sales of many flavored e-cigarettes to bricks-and-mortar outlets that have either age-restricted entry or areas inside stores that are not accessible to people under 18. Such access restrictions could be extremely difficult to set up for many convenience stores and gas stations, but not for specialty vape and tobacco stores, according to the agency. The FDA also will require stepped-up age verification for online sales.

“Our aim is to make sure no kid can access a fruity flavor product in a convenience store,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who predicted the new restrictions would “eliminate those sales.” He added that any stores that want to sell fruit-flavored e-cigarette products “need to age-restrict completely or have a separate room that is age-verified. A curtain or a partition won’t cut it.”

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