UNITED STATES (KFTA) — Federal regulators said youth e-cigarette use has reached epidemic levels and they are cracking down on illegal sales to minors.
The Food and Drug Administration has sent 1,300 warning letters to retailers for selling e-cigarette products to teens, according to federal regulators.
Most violations surrounded illegal sales of the five major e-cigarette brands.
While the FDA said vaping may help adults trying to quit smoking, kids are attracted to e-cigarettes for their sweet flavors and sleek designs.
E-cigarettes have quickly become the most commonly used tobacco product among teens, according to the FDA.
“I’m deeply disturbed by the trends I’ve seen. I’m deeply disturbed by what I see as an epidemic of nicotine use among teenagers.” said Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA commissioner.
Manufacturers will have two months to give the FDA plans to address the problem.