As the number of teens in the United States smoking e-cigarettes numbers in the millions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering banning flavored e-cigarette liquids.
 

The FDA is proposing this potential ban as a way to reduce the number of minors from purchasing these flavored products and e-cigarettes in general.
 

According to the 2017 Youth & Tobacco Survey, one in five high school students and one and 18 middle schoolers currently use tobacco products.
 

The most used tobacco products by middle and high schoolers were e-cigarettes, with 2.1 million people using them.
 

Second came standard cigarettes with 1.4 million students and third was cigars, with 1.3 million.
 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), e-cigarettes have been the most used tobacco product amongst middle and high school students since 2014.
 

When polled as to why they used e-cigarettes, 31 percent said that the availability of a variety of flavors and 17.1 percent believed that e-cigarettes were less harmful than more traditional tobacco products such as cigars and cigarettes.
 

E-cigarettes, commonly known as vapes, are electronic devices that use battery induced heat to produce aerosol vapor to be inhaled.
 

In most cases this vapor is flavored, varying from tobacco, fruity flavors (pineapple, blueberry, strawberry), coffee and dessert flavors (chocolate, caramel, Oreo). Prices vary from store to store and even online, with prices ranging from $20 - $70 in some cases. E-cigarettes have a history of being substitutes for traditional tobacco cigarettes to get people off of cigarettes. Up until a few years ago, they were not federally regulated and even now there is still a lack of regulation when it comes to the chemicals included with the nicotine vapor.
 

There is a downside to this potential ban in that adults 21 and over would lose a smoking aid that these flavored e-cigarettes provide.
 

The FDA has acknowledged that e-cigarettes can be effective tools to cut back on smoking traditional tobacco products, but this potential ban appears to be more geared towards preventing minors starting a smoking habit. 


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