A Food and Drug Administration crackdown on e-cigarettes could be coming soon. The U.S. government is worried about kids getting hooked.
According to a report by the Washington Post, the FDA is expected to announce new restrictions on e-cigs and juice as early as next week. Bans could be levied against gas stations and convenience stores.
Jenn Johnson, manager at E-Cig Source in Owensboro said their employees always card customers. Johnson thinks that is a step sometimes neglected at other stores and can lead to underage sales.
“We don’t want anybody to use nicotine products that’s not of age and doesn’t already smoke tobacco that’s trying to find a different alternative,” said Johnson.
The FDA considers underage e-cig use an “epidemic.”
E-cigs and juice would still be available in vape and tobacco shops.
Manufacturers argue e-cigs potentially save users from smoking-related illnesses by giving a nicotine fix without smoke, but experts say you still must know what you’re doing.
Alex Sheriff manages Vapor 55 in Owensboro. She believes it’s important to buy from someone who knows vaping.
“It doesn’t burn your throat, so you can very easily take in large amount of nicotine without actually feeling like you’re taking it in,” Sheriff said.
Scientific consensus is still out on the long-term health effects of vaping.
According to the Washington Post, this FDA push is spurred by government data showing 3.5 million middle school and high schoolers vaping this year.
Some believe that number can drop with a simple ID check.
“That’s essentially what it boils down to, is people not doing their jobs and carding people that come into their stores,” said Johnson.
The Washington Post says the FDA will also impose age-checks for online sales. The agency may also propose banning menthol in regular cigarettes.