US FDA Says Eyeing Future Regulation on E-Cigarette Flavors

Consuming e-cigarettes is far safer and less toxic than smoking conventional tobacco cigarettes, according to the findings of a study analyzing levels of dangerous and cancer-causing substances in the body. (Reuters Photo/Mike Segar)

By : Michele Gershberg and Bill Berkrot | on 6:00 AM May 06, 2016
Category : International, News

US health officials, who on Thursday (05/05) announced a ban on the sale of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to people under age 18, said they will look at potential future regulations on flavors used in the products as more data becomes available.

Mitch Zeller, head of the Food and Drug Administration's center for tobacco products, said the agency would review data on how many addicted smokers and tobacco users have actually been able to quit using e-cigarettes with flavors before making decisions on any flavor regulations.

Critics contend that the flavors, such as grape and bubble gum, are used to attract younger users.