The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance that, if enacted, has the effect of prohibiting the sale of flavored electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products in convenience stores. Under the draft guidance, flavored e-cigarette products cannot be sold in:
The FDA said the changes, which it hopes to finalize after a 30 day comment period, likely mean that some flavored e-cigarette products will no longer be sold. The proposal doesn't apply to menthol, mint and tobacco flavors, but the agency said that could change if there are indications that youth are using these flavors too.
Importantly, ENDS manufacturers must seek agency approval by 2021 to continue selling their products on the market.
The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), formerly AWMA, is the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the United States. Its distributor members represent more than $92 billion in U.S convenience product sales, serving a wide variety of small retail formats. Associate members include leading convenience product manufacturers, brokers, retailers, suppliers and others allied to the industry.