FDA bans Juul from selling, distributing e-cigarettes in the US
The Food and Drug Administration has banned electronic-cigarette maker Juul from selling and distributing in the U.S.
Steve Chassman, executive director of the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, says they are commending the federal government working on the ban.
"We know that these vehicles for nicotine are ending up in the hands, and it's targeting young people," Chassman says.
E-cigarettes deliver nicotine to those who use it by vaporizing liquid into cartridges or pods.
Manufacturers of e-cigarettes have argued that their products can deliver nicotine without the health risks that come with tobacco.
New York state prohibits the sale of vaping products, tobacco and smoking paraphernalia to people under the age of 21.
Parents say the ban on Juul is overdue, but some young people will find another way to vape.
"We've spent a lot of years to educate our kids about what these products are because most tweens don't understand the effects these products have," says Michael Seilback, of Commack.
Chassman says preliminary data suggests that people using e-cigs as a nicotine replacement are not reducing active cigarette smoking.
Long Island has seen a rise in underage vaping in recent years.
The American Lung Association says parents should have conversations about vaping with children at an early age.