9 attorneys general urge FDA to ban flavors in tobacco products

"The flavors are targeting the younger generation."

Lynne Adkins
July 28, 2018 - 11:02 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Nine attorneys general including the one in Pennsylvania are urging federal officials to cut out the flavors in tobacco products.

In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration the AG's urge the government to ban the use of flavors, for one reason to keep young people from picking up a regular or e-cigarette.

Dr. Aditi Satti, the Director of the Smoking Cessation program at Temple University Hospital agrees the enticing flavors in e-cigarettes should go.

"The flavors are targeting the younger generation and youth," she said. "This is a population that's at risk and when you are exposing them to this we just don't know the long term effects and you're exposing them to nicotine and potentially this can lead them to actual cigarette smoking."

She urges people not to begin smoking or vaping because kicking the habit is so hard and so many who quit just end up lighting up again.