FDA reportedly plans to ban menthol cigs, limit flavored e-cigs

November 10, 2018 - 2:54 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to propose a ban on menthol cigarettes as it continues to crack down on nicotine products, including flavored e-cigs, reports say.

FDA officials told the New York Times that an announcement about the menthol ban could come as soon as next week, though any bans wouldn't take effect for years. 

The proposal is reportedly among a number of anti-smoking and anti-vaping initiatives being introduced by the FDA.

The FDA is also planning to ban the sale of most flavored e-cigs at stores across the U.S., according to the Washington Post.

The electronic alternatives have become extremely popular with teens, who have gravitated towards their array of flavors. 

That ban would affect all e-cig flavors except menthol and mint, according to the Post. Other e-cig flavors would only be available online, where they could be better regulated. 

Health officials have long cried foul about menthol cigarettes, including their strong appeal among African-American smokers, but the rise of e-cigarettes among teenagers appears to have caught federal regulators by surprise. 

FDA head Scott Gottlieb hasn't commented directly about the reported upcoming bans. 

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration announced plans to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes as soon as next year, possibly making his state the first to prohibit such vaping products often marketed as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.