Teen vaping is a ‘public health tragedy’ and the FDA has a plan to stop it

Children are using e-cigarettes at epidemic levels — and the Food and Drug Administration is going into crisis mode to address the problem.

The FDA announced Tuesday it will unveil “forceful” steps in mid-November to cut down on youth use of e-cigarettes, potentially including increased enforcement of identification and age verification requirements. This comes after the agency issued a call to action in September to address the “alarming increase in youth use of e-cigarettes” and threatened to ban all flavored e-cigarettes.

“We gave ample warnings of the worrisome trends we were observing with respect to rising youth popularity of these products,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Tuesday.

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