FDA vaping crackdown has blind spot: Disposables

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In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo a woman holds a Puff Bar flavored disposable vape device in New York. On Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, the U.S. government began enforcing restrictions on flavored electronic cigarettes aimed at curbing underage vaping. But parents, researchers and students warn that some young people have already moved on to a newer kind of vape that isn’t covered by the flavor ban – disposables. (AP Photo/Marshall Ritzel)

WASHINGTON, DC (Associated Press) — The U.S. government has started enforcing new restrictions on flavored electronic cigarettes. But some teenagers may be one step ahead of them.

Parents, students and researchers report that some young people have switched to disposable e-cigarettes, which are not covered by the crackdown on flavors. The newer products are sold under brands like Puff Bar and Stig in flavors such as pink lemonade and tropical mango.

The flavor restrictions that went into effect Thursday only apply to reusable e-cigarettes like Juul, the brand that helped trigger the teen vaping craze.

Teenagers say disposables are cheaper and easier to hide from parents and teachers.

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