Federal ban on most flavored vape pods begins

A federal policy that would rid the market of all flavored, cartridge-based vaping products, other than those designed to taste like tobacco and menthol, is now in effect, according to a CNN report.

The policy outlaws the sale of cartridge-based vaping products, or pods, in nearly all flavors. It does not, however, affect open-tank vaping devices, which allow people to custom mix and create their own nicotine liquids.

Vape pods are commonly used by children, and the FDA said its policy targets them.

"Let us be clear, under this policy, if we see a product that is targeted to kids, we will take action," Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products, told CNN.

The FDA also plans to inspect vape manufacturing facilities and retailers to make sure the companies are complying with the new policy.

A critics of the new policy Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, told CNN it's "riddled with loopholes that allow thousands of flavored e-cigarette products to remain available."

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