The American health agency (FDA) announced, Thursday November 15, that it wanted to ban sales of e-cigarettes flavored on the internet. These will therefore only be available in stores, closed spaces inaccessible to minors.
Before taking effect, these proposals must be subject to a period of public consultation to last until June, she said. The number of vapers has increased 78% in American high schools from 2017 to 2018, and 48% in collegesaccording to the latest data from a national survey.
« These figures shock my conscience" , reacted Scott Gottlieb, responsible for the FDA in a statement. " This rise (in consumption) must stop. And the guideline is this: I will not let a generation of children become addicted to nicotine through electronic cigarettes" , he added.
Since 2016, the FDA regulates e-cigarettes, banned for example for sale for minors. But faced with the vertiginous rise in the number of vapers among young Americans, she decided to crack down.
The total number of high school students currently consuming electronic cigarettes has reached 3,6 million, 1,5 million more than the previous year, said Thursday the FDA. More than a quarter of high school students are vaping regularly, ie a minimum of 20 days or more in the past month. And 67,8% of them ejaculate scented e-cigarettes, figures rising sharply, she says
VAPOTAGE, AN "EPIDEMIC", A "DISEASE" TO BE DISAPPEARED!
The FDA has also increased the controls of their composition. " We will take all necessary measures to prevent these trends from continuing", Insisted Scott Gottlieb, highlighting the challenge: to prevent today's vaping teenagers from becoming tomorrow's smoking adults, then from incurable patients.
The FDA recalls that almost all adult smokers started when they were minors. " Nearly 90% of them started before the age of 18 years and 95% before 21 years", She says. " Only 1% of cigarette smokers started at 26 years or older". The cigarette is still the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States, and kills about 480.000 Americans each year. Some 16 million Americans also suffer from tobacco-related illnesses. "
For Scott Gottlieb, youth vaping is now an epidemic ". While many carcinogenic products (such as tar) are not found in electronic cigarettes, they contain nicotine, a product that is not related to cancer but causes addiction.
The FDA had earlier summoned e-cigarette manufacturers a few weeks ago to find a way to prevent young people from buying their products. The American tobacco group Altria (Marlboro in the United States, Chesterfield ...) had taken the lead by announcing, the 25 last October, that it would stop selling some of its electronic cigarettes, the most popular among young people.
source : Rtl.fr/