NEW YORK (AP) - A top U.S. health official is pledging to try to ban menthol from regular cigarettes, outlaw flavors in all cigars and tighten rules regarding the sale of most flavored versions of e-cigarettes.
Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration disclosed the plans on Thursday.
The move represents a major step to further push down U.S. smoking rates, which have been falling for decades.
The restrictions are mainly aimed at reducing smoking in kids: About half of teens who smoke cigarettes choose menthols and flavored e-cigarettes have been blamed for a recent increase in teen vaping rates.
(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes
- Banning flavored e-cigarettes
- Schumer wants immediate ban on e-cigarette flavors
- This bill could ban e-cigarette flavors nationwide
- Hawaii considers first statewide ban on e-cigarette flavors
- Flavorful fundraiser benefits Hospice
- The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping
- NY eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes
- One city's answer to vaping by teens: Restrict e-cigarettes to adult-only stores
- FDA gives vaping companies a clearer path for marketing their products