>> These look like candy, taste like candy, and they're also largely responsible for an epidemic of teen-aged e-cigarette smokers. That's according to US Food and Drug Administration chief Scott Gottlieb, who on Wednesday said he is considering banning all flavored e-cigarettes. Reuters Jasmine Abutaleb.>> There's a lot of concern that e-cigarette makers are creating and marketing flavors specifically aimed at kids.
So they'll create flavors like bubble gum, sour worms, other candy and fruit flavors that are clearly aimed at children. And the FDA commissioner is worried that it's going to create a new generation of people addicted to nicotine.>> Many of these liquid flavors made by companies such as Jewel Labs, Views, and Blue.
More than 2 million middle school and high school students used e-cigarettes last year, according to the FDA>> As a result, Gottlieb says he's considering pulling all flavored e-cigarettes from the US market. Sending letters Wednesday to top manufacturers, that give them 60 days to come up with plans on how to reduce teen vaping.
As part of broader efforts, the FDA said it issued more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers, who the agency said illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors.