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FDA Chief Considering Ban Of Flavored E-Cigarettes

September 12, 2018 - 2:09 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on flavored electronic cigarettes.

In an unexpected move, federal regulators threatened to pull e-cigarettes from shelves if manufactures do not control teen usage.

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said youth use of e-cigarettes have reached an “epidemic proportion.”

"The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we're seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end,” Gottlieb said in a statement. “The FDA cannot tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a trade-off for enabling adults to access these products."

The FDA has issued warning to 12 companies that have deceptive marketing labels on their products.

Lawmakers gave the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products in 2009 when Congress passed the Tobacco Control Act. The agency extended its reach to e-cigarettes in 2016.