This article was originally published by The Washington Post on March 13, 2019 by Laurie McGinley.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a much-anticipated policy on Wednesday that is designed to restrict how and where flavored e-cigarettes are sold — an effort to combat what the agency’s commissioner has called “an epidemic” of underage vaping.

The initiative, a top priority of departing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, would limit sales of fruity and kid-friendly vaping products to stores that bar minors or have separate adult-only sections. And it says online sellers must tighten age verification and curb bulk sales.

The agency said companies that violate those conditions would be subject to FDA enforcement actions — including having their products ordered off the market.

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