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Efforts to limit teens’ favorite e-cigarette flavors may fail as new brands enter the market, a new report says.
Fruit, candy, spice and dessert flavors of e-cigarettes, long popular with underage smokers, have proliferated in recent years. data Analysis by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Foundation, and Truth Initiative.
Flavored e-cigarettes accounted for 41.3% of e-cigarette sales at U.S. retail stores in December 2022, up from 29.2% in January 2020, the groups found. Overall sales of e-cigarettes in the U.S. grew by about 47% over the same period.
The surge comes despite the federal government’s tough move to impose more restrictions on the flavors and marketing of tobacco products.
“The sharp rise in teen e-cigarette use in 2017 and 2018, largely driven by JUUL, shows us that e-cigarette sales and how quickly usage patterns are changing.”. “Retail sales data are key to providing real-time information on the rapidly changing vaping landscape, which is critical to reducing youth tobacco use.”
Citing the appeal of flavored e-cigarettes to children, the FDA announced in January 2020 that it would ban the sale of sweet and fruity e-cigarette prefilled pods, which led to the demise of big brands such as Juul and Vuse.
Between January 2020 and December 2022, the unit share of prefilled cartridges decreased from 75.2% to 48.0%.
However, the flavor restrictions have not affected single-use cigarettes, which accounted for only 15% of e-cigarette sales in U.S. retail stores at the end of 2019, according to the data. Between January 2022 and December 2022, disposable e-cigarette sales as a percentage of total sales increased from 24.7% to 51.8%.
They now account for more than half of the U.S. e-cigarette market.
Nicotine is highly addictive and can damage the teenage brain, which continues to develop until around age 25, according to the CDC. Additionally, the agency found that the most popular brands of disposable e-cigarettes on the market — Puff Bar, Elf Bar and Breeze Smoke — were not FDA-approved and illegal. The FDA has only authorized the disposable e-cigarette brand NJOY Daily, which comes in two flavors of tobacco.
Last year, the FDA ordered Elf Bar and Breeze Smoke to be withdrawn from the U.S. market, according to the CDC.
“The tobacco industry is well aware that flavors appeal to children and that young people are particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction,” said Robin Koval, CEO and President of Truth Initiative. Action to curb the illicit marketing of flavored e-cigarettes is encouraged, but we must all work with greater urgency to protect our nation’s youth from all flavored e-cigarettes, including single-use e-cigarettes.”