FDA preparing to limit sales of flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores

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By Maggie Fox

The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to strictly limit the sales of flavored e-cigarette products to try to keep them out of the hands of children and teenagers, a senior FDA official told NBC News Thursday.

In guidance to be issued next week, the FDA will restrict the sales of flavored, cartridge-based vaping products such as Juul to only tobacco shops and vape shops.

“We are going to restrict the ability of e-cigarette manufacturers to sell the flavored products in convenience stores,” the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said.

“The fruity flavored products will only be able to be sold in adult stores, so tobacco shops, vaping shops, of which there are 10,000 in the country.”

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has said he is alarmed by what he calls an epidemic of vaping by teenagers and younger kids.