The director of the FDA has created a plan that he hopes will prevent children from becoming addicted to smoking.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he’s directing the FDA’s center for tobacco products to revisit policies regarding electronic cigarette devices that are flavored, as well as menthol products. The FDA is looking at policies that could potentially ban menthol and flavors in cigarettes and cigars. Additionally, FDA officials look to crack down on age restrictions for the purchase of electronic cigarette devices, flavored smoking products sold online, e-cigarette devices marketed towards kids, and menthol products.
Data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that between 2017 and 2018, there was a 78 percent increase in e-cigarette usage among high school students. And a 48 percent increase among middle school students. And according to the FDA, 19 million Americans smoke menthols with more than half of youth smokers using them as their preferred choice of cigarette.