America forbids the taste of electronic cigarettes to reduce the demand for adolescents
The government will ban the sale of electronic cigarettes in fruit and confectionery stores in grocery stores and petrol stations from next week in measures aimed at curbing the growing demand for juveniles, the US Food and Drug Administration said.
The official said the ban meant that tobacco, mint and mango would only be available in stores, a blow to the San Francisco Gel Labs and a leader in the electronic cigarette industry.
The department will also tighten age verification procedures for online cigarette sales.
The initial restrictions on the report, first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by Reuters, do not apply to retailers of electronic cigarettes or to other specialized retailers.
Pressure on measures to reduce e-cigarettes rose after federal government data showed that cigarette use has risen by more than 75 percent since last year. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called it an "epidemic".
An increase in demand for electronic cigarettes is in line with the sale of Gul Labs, which last year rose from 2.2 million units in 2016 to 16.2 million, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
In September, the Food and Drug Administration experienced a threat of banning the sale of Joule and other four large companies producing electronic cigarettes unless measures are taken to prevent their use by young children. The management provided these companies with 60 days to submit plans to impose restrictions on the use of minors for their products that are nearing completion.