NY eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes

FDA expected to impose severe restrictions on e-cigarettes

Preliminary government data show 3.5 million children were vaping in early 2018 up 1 million from 2017

New restrictions will be coming soon for e-cigarettes.

Preliminary government data shows e-cigarette sales have risen 77 percent among high schoolers and 50 percent among middle schoolers in 2018, which means that 3.5 million minors have been vaping throughout 2018.

The FDA is expected to stop the sale of fruit and candy-flavored electronic cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations across the country.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to announce several changes as early as next week.

E-cigarettes are generally considered a less unsafe alternative to regular cigarettes, but they do contain nicotine.

Although vaping is generally considered a less risky alternative to smoking traditional tobacco products, health officials have warned nicotine in e-cigarettes is harmful to developing brains.

At the same time, vaping devotees and "harm reduction" advocates have said e-cigarettes represent s powerful tool in helping adult smokers to quit more risky cigarettes.

The FDA said the only exception would be mint and menthol.

Gottlieb, who once served on the board of a North Carolina vaping company, was at one time viewed as an ally of the e-cigarette industry, and delayed some critical e-cigarette rules shortly after becoming commissioner in 2017.

It's part of the FDA's efforts to reduce teens' use of flavored e-cigarettes.

The FDA did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

When it comes to e-cigarettes, he is focusing on fruity flavors, which he says are the most attractive to young never-smokers.

"Why not do away with flavors altogether, why not do away with online sales altogether?" she said.

Previous year the FDA, under Gottlieb, extended until 2022 a deadline for e-cigarette companies to comply with new federal rules on marketing and public health.

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