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FDA vows to strengthen compliance for electronic nicotine products

Silver Spring, Md. — In an effort to curtail youth tobacco use, the Food and Drug Administration announced Nov. 15 plans to strengthen the agency's compliance policy for electronic nicotine delivery systems products that are flavored by requiring they be sold in age-restricted locations in person and improving age verification processes for online.

The announcement comes on the heels of the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's release of the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey results, which shows more than 3.6 million middle and high school students are considered current (past 30 days) e-cigarette users — an increase of more than 1.5 million students in 2017. 

ADA President Jeffrey M. Cole called the FDA's Nov. 15 statement a "positive step to help protect our youth."

"We are concerned about the many health risks associated with the increased use of nontraditional tobacco products like e-cigarettes, especially among youth and young adults," Dr. Cole said. "We are hopeful the FDA will begin enforcing its tobacco product 'deeming rule,' which would impose similar requirements on all 'next generation' tobacco products."