FDA may ban online e-cigarette sales

FDA may ban online e-cigarette sales

The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Tuesday that the agency is considering banning online sales of electronic cigarettes.

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb shared the agency's plans while speaking at an event hosted by Axios, according to media reports.

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FDA has taken the position that e-cigarettes can be an alternative, safer way for adults to get their nicotine fix, but the agency has expressed concerns that the products are too attractive to youth.

Gottlieb last month called the use of e-cigarettes among teenager an "epidemic" and said the agency may take steps to curtail the marketing and selling of flavored products.

"E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous ‒ and dangerous ‒ trend among teens," he said in a statement at the time. "The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we’re seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. It’s simply not tolerable."

The agency has also cracked down on companies that market e-liquids in kid-friendly flavors like cookies and candy and those that are illegally selling products to children.

Axios reported the FDA plans to release data about teen vaping and announce its next steps in November.