FDA to ban store sales of most flavored nicotine products, restrict sales online

In a move aimed at restricting access to the e-cigarettes most popular among adolescents, the FDA plans to pull most flavored nicotine liquids from convenience store and gas station shelves, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The new policy will bar convenience stores and gas stations from selling pod-style nicotine in flavors other than tobacco, mint and menthol beginning next week. In addition, the policy will enforce stricter age-verification requirements for online sales of e-cigarettes.

Most e-cigarette sales are made at brick-and-mortar retail stores, so the policy change will likely have a negative effect on companies in the business. It is also likely to draw legal action.

Juul, the popular e-cigarette company known for its sleek vape device, accounted for 75 percent of the U.S. market for the four weeks ended Oct. 6, according to the report.

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