Washington (HRNW) The US government on Thursday announced it would soon ban most flavored e-cigarettes as it tries to curb a rising tide of youth vaping, but stopped short of the full ban promised in September by President Donald Trump.
The Food and Drug Administration said cartridge-based e-cigarettes in flavors “other than tobacco or menthol” would be illegal unless they receive specific authorization from the government.
Companies that do not cease making and selling such cartridges within 30 days will face punishment, the FDA said.
“The United States has never seen an epidemic of substance use arise as quickly as our current epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes,” Health Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
Azar said prioritizing flavors most widely used by children would ensure e-cigarettes were a potential “off-ramp” for adult smokers but not an “on-ramp” to nicotine addiction for youngsters.