FDA could launch new restrictions on e-cigarette flavors

It’s part of agency’s crackdown on sales to minors

FDA could launch new restrictions on e-cigarette flavors
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to impose new restrictions on e-cigarette sales. (CNN)

(CNN/RNN) – New restrictions could soon be imposed on e-cigarettes.

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

Most flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations could be banned, but the products would still be available in vape and tobacco shops.

The FDA also plans to add an age-verification requirement for online sales.

It’s part of the FDA’s efforts to stop minors from buying and using the products; the agency has called e-cigarette use among minors an “epidemic.”

The FDA recently launched a massive education program aimed at millions of teens at risk for the potential dangers of e-cigarette use.

The agency also announced in September that it would investigate the marketing and sales practices of major e-cigarette makers like Juul, Blu and Logic.

The FDA said it’s cracked down on over 1,000 retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors.

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