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FDA talking about banning flavors for e-cigs Submitted: 09/17/2018
Story By Nina Schlosberg

FDA talking about banning flavors for e-cigs
TOMAHAWK - FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb calls e-cigarettes use an epidemic among young teens and says he may even consider taking e-cigarettes off the market if sales to teens don't stop.

This has caused some disagreement with Tomahawk residents. Owner of the Northern Lights Vape Shop Tom Simic doesn't think that e-cigarettes themselves are the problem but irresponsible parenting is. He believes they are a good thing because they have helped people, including himself, quit actual cigarettes.

"I haven't had a cigarette since I started vaping, which was five years ago," said Simic. According to him, that's after over 20 years of smoking.




In part with this idea, the FDA is also considering getting rid of certain flavors. Amber Zanow, who lives in Tomahawk and has young nieces thinks flavors are part of the issue.

"Kids are stimulated by flavors and colors because they look like soda and other types of candy," said Zanow. No laws have been made yet, but the FDA says it will be cracking down on illegal sales to minors.

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