For many, it’s the beginning of the end of the great vaping era. With youth vaping soaring in the past year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to nix the teen vaping epidemic just as quickly as it appeared. The agency sent warning letters to retailers including JUUL, Vuse, MarkTen, blu, Logic, 7-Eleven stores, and Walgreens pharmacies, warning them that they had 60 days to prove that they could keep minors away from their vaping devices OR ELSE. Pretty scary stuff right? The letter threatens the survival of Juuls and e-cigarettes and even more plans are being made to prevent the use of Juuls and e-cigarettes by minors. Are you freaking out yet?

Realizing that flavored liquid or pods is what specifically attracts the youth to vaping, the FDA has threatened to abolish the companies’ flavored products from the market if they fail to stop sales to minors. Which begs the question, what the fuck are people supposed to vape? Imagine a world without sweet mango or cool mint. A world in which every risky vape cloud blown in the bathroom of DJs doesn’t smell like a fucked up yankee candle. Is that a world any of us want to live in?

In addition to the 1,100 letters sent out to retailers and companies, 131 fines were also issued out, ranging from $279 to $11,182. Our interpretation? The FDA is not fucking around. They want teenagers to stop using Juuls and e-cigarettes and they’ll stop at nothing to see that happen. Because apparently nicotine addiction isn’t that great. We been knew.

To make this situation even more fucked up, the FDA declared that it will also start increasing its efforts to strictly impose their regulations. What does this mean for all of you? Mostly subtle changes… at least for now. Vaping could possibly become more expensive, just like those old-fashioned cigarettes did when they became an epidemic, and could also start tasting like shit with the possible removal of flavor liquid.

So let’s break it down. While it may not be a great look for middle schoolers to be juuling in the bathroom during recess, we also fear the uprising that would occur should the juul be banned. As long as college kids know what they’re getting themselves into, they should be responsible enough to handle their own nicotine addictions. But as for you minors? Looks like your fakes are going to come in clutch more often than you thought.  

Jenna Wirth
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Jenna Wirth is a freshman magazine major who, despite being intelligent, lacks common sense and the ability to talk without having marbles in her mouth. Television is her one true love, and she tweets about it. A lot. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of reading Fanfiction, she's either traveling, attending conventions, napping, devouring cheese fondue, or binge-watching Netflix.

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