The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette products throughout the U.S.as officials have become increasingly alarmed with its draw to minors.
The ban means only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors can be sold at these outlets, the agency official said, potentially dealing a major blow to Juul Labs Inc, the San Francisco-based market leader in vape devices.
A spokesman for Cuomo tells the Journal the governor is very concerned about the rise of e-cigarette use among young people.
From one teen to the next, e-cigarettes, or vaping, has skyrocketed in popularity.More news: Matt Kuchar shoots 64, leads Mayakoba Classic by 2 shots
The agency threatened in September to ban Juul and four other leading e-cigarette products unless their makers took steps to prevent use by minors.
"I now have good reason to believe that it's reached nothing short of an epidemic proportion of growth", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.
Health advocates have anxious about the popularity of vaping products among kids, especially e-cigarettes with mint, fruit, chocolate or any number of other flavorings sold online and at convenience stores, gas stations and vape shops.
"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and risky - trend among teens", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in September.More news: Bethesda VP Pete Hines: Fallout 76 will last "forever"
The companies have previously said their products are intended for adult use and that they work to ensure retailers comply with the law. The restrictions don't apply to the "open-tank" systems available in vape shops.
- They were initially marketed as an alternative to smoking cigarettes, even a way to quit smoking altogether but these days, you might be more likely to see someone puffing on a e-cigarette than actually lighting up.
"The big answer is we don't know, we have no idea what the long-term use of e-cigarettes is", Krugman said.More news: WWI: Macron and May pay tribute at Somme