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US unveils ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

US unveils ban on flavoured e-cigarettes

The US government announced on Thursday it was banning most flavoured e-cigarettes in a bid to curb the rising tide of youth vaping.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said cartridge-based e-cigarettes in flavours other than tobacco or menthol would be illegal unless specifically authorised by the government.

The change will take effect in early February, outlawing cartridges with fruit, mint and candy flavors, which are particularly popular with young people.

Juul, the e-cigarette industry leader, had anticipated the decision and withdrew those flavours from sale in the US, leaving only tobacco and menthol. The ban will exempt large, tank-based rechargeable vaping devices, however, which are sold in vape shops that cater to adults.