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Finally tonight some good news the FDA might finally be ready to crack down on the illegal sale of addictive nicotine products to children. The agency recently announced that the use of e-cigarette devices by children and teens in the United States has now reached epidemic proportions.
This announcement came after months of work by the agency to determine how frequently teenagers under the legal age of 18 were able to buy nicotine-filled e-cigarette devices across the country. The FDA found that retailers both online and in-person were failing across the board to properly ID individuals seeking to buy e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping juice, creating a two million new nicotine addicts in this country. Two millions. And they’re all under the age of 18.
Nicotine’s considered the fifth most addictive substance on earth. The FDA has so far failed to properly regulate e-cigarettes and vaping devices, but this new information that they’ve gathered should give them plenty of reasons to get on board and help prevent a new generation from getting hooked on nicotine.