Teens Discover Loophole in the Nationwide Flavored Vaping Ban and Move on to New Disposable Vaping Devices


  The Food and Drug Administration has placed a ban on most flavored e-cigarettes. According to nytimes.com a loophole has been discovered within the ban “A footnote on page 9 of the new policy permits all flavors to continue to be sold in devices that cannot be refilled and are designed to be disposed”. This has caused teens to switch from refillable vaping devices such as JUULs to disposable ones. Disposable flavored e-cigarette brands such as Puff Bars, blu, Posh, and Stig have recently gained popularity. Based on npr.org these brands “began to appear in the spring of 2019”. 

  People are shocked and angry about this loophole. Many believed this ban would only allow menthol e-cigs to be sold on the market with no exceptions. Senator Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon plus 29 other Senators, wrote to the F.D.A demanding the agency’s reasons for why they are still allowing disposables to be sold on the market.  

  The 2019 Youth Tobacco Survey released by the F.D.A plus the Center of Disease Control Prevention discovered approximately 1 in 4 teens had vaped in the last month. These results showed an increase of 5% in the past year. Results to this survey have increased since vaping has started to become in fashion in the start of 2012. 

  These disposables despite the unknown lung illnesses they have caused are apparently even more in favor among teens than JUULs. This is due to higher nicotine content, cheaper prices, and you can get more puffs out of a disposable vape pen than a JUUL pod. They additionally have a wider selection of flavors such as watermelon, pink lemonade, blue raspberry, and several more.