FDA to ban fruit, mint e-cigarettes

How the new law will impact Wisconsin teens

The FDA is cracking down on flavored e-cigarette products. Companies that make, sell, and distribute most fruit and mint flavored, cartridge-based vaping products now have 30 days to comply with the FDA’s new ban.

However, the new restrictions include some notable exceptions. First, they allow the sale of tobacco and menthol-flavored products. They also apply only to cartridge-based products, which the FDA says are easier for teens to acquire and conceal.

The new rules come just weeks after Congress announced it will raise the minimum smoking and vaping age to 21. That law is expected to go into effect later this year and will cover all tobacco products. According to the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than five million U.S. middle and high school students are current e-cig users, with the majority reporting they use cartridge-based products. The CDC says five percent of middle school students and 21% of high school students reported using e-cigs in the past month.

The CDC has confirmed 55 vaping-related deaths in 2019 alone. Even as these regulations begin, some e-cig makers are still marketing their products to kids.

Reuters reports 40 scholarships are being offered to high school and college students from vaping-related distributors, manufacturers, and review websites. The journal “Tobacco Control” found companies offering scholarships that range from $300 to $5,000; most require an essay submission with prompts related to e-cigarettes or the benefits of vaping.

Health officials say it can be hard to tell if your kid has been vaping, but if your son or daughter has a sweet smell, changes in thirst and taste, frequent nosebleeds, or an unexplained cough, they might be vaping.

If you find out your son or daughter has been or still is vaping, health officials from the CDC recommend staying calm rather than shaming them.

They suggest sharing information about what vaping can do to their lungs and bodies and, of course, talking about the new laws.

Click here to learn more about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes.