FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2014, file photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at a store in New York. Only two years ago e-cigarettes were viewed as holding great potential for public health: offering a way to wean smokers off traditional cigarettes. But now Juul and other vaping companies face an escalating backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Clampdown on vaping could send users back toward cigarettes

October 05, 2019 - 11:26 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Experts say the recent clampdown on electronic cigarettes could have unintended consequences, including pushing adult users back to traditional cigarettes.

Only two years ago, e-cigarettes were a small industry viewed as holding great promise for improving public health by weaning smokers off the habit.

But Juul Labs and other vaping companies now face an escalating political backlash that threatens to sweep their products off the market.

The crackdown comes as politicians nationwide scramble to address two separate public health crises tied to vaping. Those problems are underage use among teenagers and a mysterious and sometimes deadly lung ailment.

The new restrictions are poised to wipe out thousands of flavored vaping products that have attracted teens.

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