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Vaping Flavor Fail
FDA admits limits on flavored e-liquids have fallen short
During a recent Congressional hearing, the FDA’s acting commissioner admitted that her agency’s efforts to restrict sales of flavored e-liquids that entice kids to try vaping are “fundamentally flawed” and haven’t achieved the desired goal.
Less Than Expected
In 2019, the FDA announced an ambitious plan to pull most non-tobacco-flavored vaping e-liquids from the market. Data shows that teen users of e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are attracted by the range of flavors in which the nicotine-rich e-liquids are available.
The FDA’s actual enforcement plan, unveiled in January 2020, focused only on certain flavored liquids for cartridge-based refillable devices, exempting menthol-flavored liquids. Other flavors in non-refillable disposable devices and fill-it-yourself tanks in vaping shops were allowed if manufacturers took steps to limit youth access.