Without more parent involvement, doctor worries plan to keep e-cigs way from teens won't do enough

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is moving ahead with a plan to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored nicotine products stores and online, but one local doctor says the best line of defense is parental vigilance.

"Kids have all kinds of ways to get away with stuff and so we as parents just have to be more vigilant about really checking backpacks. Checking who our kids are hanging out with. Check their social media, all those things to really see OK, what are they into,” Dr. Katherine Thaller, a pediatrician at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, said

She added while the government does what it can to tackle this problem, she maintained that talking to children at home is the first line of defense.

Officials said there is a significant increase in teen tobacco users directly tied to e-cigarette use.

The plan is in a 30 day comment period.

Certain flavors are exempt from these recommendations, such as menthol, mint and tobacco flavors.