Lawmakers want to get rid of flavors in e-cigarettes

The FDA reports vaping has increased nearly 80 percent among high schoolers and 50 percent among middle schoolers.

A bill filed in the Legislature aims to ban e-cigarette flavors nationwide.

Nicotine and tar in cigarettes just doesn't taste good, thus menthol flavor. There are currently more than 15,000 flavors for e-cigarettes, like popcorn and cotton candy.

Kelsey Seybold's Dr. Shane Magee is in favor of getting rid of flavors.

"The flavor is added to e-cigarettes to make it more appealing to kids. Like, last century, you had Joe Camel and these cartoony characters also appealing to kids," said Magee.

He said e-cigarettes should be used as a way to ween off regular cigarettes and eventually quit, not as a replacement.

“I do think if you take away flavors from e-cigarettes you eliminate one source of enjoyment for them and make it less palatable and hopefully used by less people," said Magee.

He said studies find e-cigarette users have a higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack.


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