The Food and Drug Administration has announced a plan to “clear the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarette products.” Today the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and several other Kentucky groups announced support for the idea and issued the following statement:
“We support a ban non-tobacco flavored electronic cigarette products – including fruit, candy, mint and menthol flavored products – nationwide, and urge the Food and Drug Administration to act as quickly as possible to implement the ban. “Flavored tobacco products are an unfettered pipeline for turning youth experimenters into adult nicotine addicts. The appeal of flavored tobacco to adolescents and teens is a key reason the FDA banned flavored cigarettes in 2009. Sadly, the latest data showing yet another spike in youth e-cigarette use from one in five to more than one in four teens was entirely predictable given the thousands of flavored e-cigarette products on the market. Four out of five 12- to 17-year-olds who have used tobacco started with a flavored product, and four out of five current youth tobacco users have used a flavored tobacco product in the past month. Flavors are among the most common reasons for youth and young adults say they use e-cigarettes.”
Organizations supporting this statement are:Kentucky School Boards AssociationBaptist HealthHumanaAmerican Heart AssociationKentucky Medical AssociationKentucky Health CollaborativeKentucky Youth AdvocatesKentucky Hospital AssociationKentucky Cancer FoundationKentucky Equal Justice CenterKentucky Chamber of Commerce
Below is a chart showing the latest e-cigarette use numbers for 12- to 17-year-olds in the United States and the flavors that are most popular among this group.