U.S. health secretary backs proposed FDA crackdown on e-cigarettes: CNBC

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(Reuters) – U.S. Well being and Human Products and services Secretary Alex Azar told CNBC on Friday he was “completely in support” of the Meals and Drug Administration’s proposed crackdown on e-cigarettes.

U.S. Well being and Human Solutions Secretary Alex Azar speaks for the duration of an interview with Reuters in Washington, U.S., August 17, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

“We are not heading to allow e-cigarettes to come to be a pathway to nicotine dependency” or the use of flamable tobacco, Azar said in an job interview with CNBC.

He said he disagreed with a perception that banning e-cigarettes would press youth towards traditional cigarettes.

Fda Commissioner Scott Gottlieb claimed on Wednesday the company was looking at a ban on flavored e-cigarettes from Juul Labs and other firms as it grapples with an “epidemic” of youth e-cigarette use that threatened to build a new generation of nicotine addicts.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru Modifying by Bernadette Baum

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