FDA to Crackdown on E-Cigarettes, Some Minnesota Cities Already Leading the Way

November 12, 2018 07:12 PM

The Food And Drug Administration is planning a crackdown to limit the sale of e-cigarettes. Specific restrictions could be announced this week.

Health experts warn that "vaping" with e-cigarettes is dangerous and addictive.  Some of the devices seem to specifically target teens and come in flavors like mango and bubblegum.  Now the FDA wants to restrict selling the flavored e-cigarettes in retails stores and gas stations to curb teen tobacco use.


"Minnesota doesn't have to wait for the FDA," said Mike Sheldon, with ClearWay Minnesota.  

FDA Youth Vaping Statistics 

More than two million middle and high school students frequently used e-cigarettes in 2017.

The use of e-cigarettes among high school students rose from 1.5 percent to 11.7 percent from 2011 to 2017.

Just over 80 percent of youth e-cigarette users say the availability of flavors is the main reason they use the products, according to a 2013-2014 survey. 

The information above is from the Food and Drug Administration.

Sheldon says some Minnesota cities are already leading the way. Fifteen local cities have passed policies raising the age to purchase tobacco to 21, nine have passed tobacco flavor restrictions and five have passed menthol restrictions.

"Cities like St. Louis Park, Bloomington and Edina have all raised the age to 21.  Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have restrictions on where these products can be sold," Sheldon said.

The FDA has already warned more than 1,000 retailers to stop selling devices to minors and has even issued fines in some cases.

You can find out more information about vaping and tobacco use here

More from KSTP:

US Officials Call Teen Vaping 'Epidemic,' Weigh Flavor Ban

Agency Warns Retailers Not to Sell Juul E-Cigarette to Kids

New E-Cigarette Trend has Some Concerned 

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