FDA to ban sale of flavored e-cigs in convenience stores, experts can comment

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EXPERTS ADVISORY 

Illustration of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. Illustration credit: Kaitlyn Beukema

ANN ARBOR— Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in convenience stores and gas stations and impose age-verification requirements for online sales.

University of Michigan experts are available to comment.

Rafael Meza, assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and co-leader of the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has conducted research on smoking and e-cigarettes, and has developed simulation models to evaluate the impact of screening and tobacco control on lung cancer risk.
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Clifford Douglas, director of the U-M Tobacco Research Network and adjunct professor of health management and policy at the U-M School of Public Health, has written and spoken extensively about the benefits of e-cigarette regulation. His research has focused on policies related to smoking in workplaces and public places, and on regulation of tobacco products and their marketing.

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Douglas Arenberg, associate professor in Pulmonary and Critical Medicine and Internal Medicine at the U-M Medical School. He specializes in the diagnosis and management of complications related to lung cancer, lung cancer screening and risk profiling. Arenberg is actively involved in the public health debate surrounding the use of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation purposes and the risk for youth smoking initiation.

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Erik Gordon, clinical assistant professor at the U-M Ross School of Business, focuses on entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and the biomedical industry.

“The stricter regulation will slow the sales in a product category the companies counted on for growth,” Gordon said. “It also could be a signal of even further regulation of both vape products and menthol products.”

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