FDA, New York to take aim at flavored e-cigarettes
NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - The Food and Drug Administration could crack down on e-cigarette sales in an effort to stop kids from vaping. The agency is expected to impose severe restrictions on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes as early as next week.
In September, the FDA commissioner said that there is an epidemic of addiction among teens mainly because of its flavors.
But not everyone agrees. Alex Clark, the CEO of Consumer Advocates For Smoke-Free Alternatives Association, said he is still waiting the see the statistics.
"We believed people who smoke benefit by seeing smoke-free alternatives in the same places where they purchase cigarettes," Clark said.
The restrictions would prohibit convenience stores and gas stations across the country from carrying the nicotine filled vapes.
Gabriel Gomes is the owner of Queenies on the Upper East Side. He said he already IDs his customers and believes the restrictions would have an effect on his business.
Since 2014, New York State health officials began tracking the use of e-cigarettes among high school students and found it has increased in the last few years from 10.5 percent to 27.4 percent.
Earlier this week, the governor's administration announced plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as soon as next year.