The FDA released a policy draft earlier this week aimed at preventing e-cigarette products from getting into the hands of children. As a result, some flavored products could be taken off the market.
The policy digs into the effects it has on your health, but also makes the habit less appealing to the younger generation.
“They’re putting child lock caps on it, they are taking pictures off of it, that promote candy and other things like that,” Holly Luther said, the prevention coordinator at the Behavioral Services for the Washington County Health Department.
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“Vaping does have consequences, we do see anything that is inhaled into the system there is less symptoms from vaping than what there is cigarettes but there still are consequences but if you’re smoking nicotine than that’s the addictive substance,” Luther said.
The draft policy will wait on comments for only 30 days pending the finalization. This would take action against stores selling flavored e-cigarette products that are accessible to minors and against websites selling them without verifying buyers ages and limiting the maximum quantities they sell.
“People think that vaping products are safer, because it’s not a combustible tobacco so you’re not getting all the 7000 chemicals and you’re not getting the tar, but if you smoke a nicotine based vape, you’re still getting the most addictive part of the vape, you’re not reducing that addiction,” Luther said.
The FDA says vaping has increased by 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers.