The Food and Drug Administration announced that it will take steps to ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, Thursday, Nov. 15, days after Juul Labs said it planned to cut sales of four flavors of e-cigarettes — vapes — to retail stores.
The announcement stopped short of using the FDA’s regulatory authority to ban the sale of flavored vape products. The move comes after increased public outcry over the use of e-cigarettes by teens. At the center of what FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb called an “epidemic” of youth vaping are e-cigarettes made by Juul, which delivers a potent hit of nicotine. The device can be easily concealed because it resembles a USB flash drive.