PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - The Trump Administration announced new restrictions in January, meant to reduce the availability of vaping products to children and teenagers. But a CBS 5 Investigation found it's still easy to purchase the very chemicals that the new rules target.
The FDA now prohibits the sale of fruit and mint-flavored products used in e-cigarettes. It targets the cartridges or pods used in the brands of e-cigarettes that are popular among young people. The ban does not apply to menthol and tobacco flavored products.
But vaping shops are still allowed to sell tank-based vaping products, and to mix fruit-flavored products in the stores, and to sell those products to customers who are 21 and older.
"Inhaling poisons and chemicals, burning them into your lungs is dangerous," said Stephanie Siete, who works for the addiction treatment organization, Community Bridges.
She says she was disappointed that the new rules did not go further. But she also believes that young people will still get their hands on the types of flavored vaping products that she believes have been marketed teenagers for years.
"I think vaping is so bad because of who it targets. It 100 % targets a young audience. And people can interpret that however they will. Thirty is still young. So we see teenagers, we see preteens with flavored liquids that don’t look dangerous," said Siete.
Vaping products were linked to more than 1500 hospitalizations last year.