Calling youth vaping an epidemic, the Food and Drug Administration is considering new restrictions on e-cigarettes in an effort to stop minors from buying and using the products.
Laura Smith with ClearWay Minnesota said starting young can have a long-lasting negative impact because, “Nicotine can prime the adolescent brain for addiction, not only to cigarettes but also other substances.”
She added that many new products, “Are more likely to be misconceived as safer or really completely safe to use, and youth may not understand that some of these products, like a JUUL, contain high levels of nicotine.”
Smith said flavored e-cigs and other products have contributed to the first rise in youth tobacco use in Minnesota in 17 years.
The FDA’s proposed changes include banning flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations and adding age-verification for online sales.