FDA proposes restrictions on e-cigarette, menthol sales

Juul Labs e-cigarettes dominate the market, with many flavors. The F.D.A. stopped short of an outright ban on the flavors, but said it would pursue a long-range plan to outlaw menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.CreditCreditJoshua Bright for The New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced proposals to restrict the sale of flavored e-cigarettes and outlaw menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

The limit on e-cigarettes would require stores to keep the products in restricted areas inaccessible to minors; the effort to roll back access comes days after e-cigarette company Juul announced it would stop selling flavored nicotine pods in stores in an attempt to curb teen use.

A ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars, which account for 35 percent of cigarette sales, will likely require a lengthy legal process.

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the proposed restrictions on flavored smoking and vaping products “significantly advance our efforts to combat youth access and appeal.”

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