Cracking Down On E-Cigarettes For Minors

Cracking Down On E-Cigarettes For Minors

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The Food and Drug Administration, FDA, reports more than 2 million middle and high school students nationwide used e-cigarettes in 2017.

New regulations out Wednesday will lay down the rules on how major brands can market e-cigs.

These companies have 60 days to comply - all to help prevent a new generation of nicotine addicts.

"To, A, keep our kids safe and, B, to have our community members be aware of what's actually going on inside of our community and help take action," said Joey Boswell, a coordinator for Seaway Valley Prevention Council in Ogdensburg. He educates school kids in the tri-county area about drug use.

At Ogdensburg Free Academy, David Price, the middle school principal, appreciates Boswell's help.

"It is definitely prevalent. We bring in a number of students each year for discipline when they get caught vaping," he said.

Boswell says the e-cig companies will have to show proof they're marketing to adults, not minors.

The FDA says if the industry doesn't try to make changes, it may eventually ban flavored liquids used for e-cigarettes. 

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