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7 On Your Side goes undercover to find out how easy it is for teens to get JUULs

7 On Your Side goes undercover to find out how easy it is for teens to get JUULs (ABC7)

Raya is just 16 years old in a convenience store trying to buy a product meant for adults.

"Can I have a mango flavored JUUL?" she asked.

That's how easy is it for minors to get their hands on an item that a skyrocketing number of kids — two million middle and high school students, according to the FDA —use every single day.

So, 7 On Your Side hired two teen actors, Raya, 16, and Henry, 17, and had them walk into nearly two dozen convenience stores and gas stations in the D.C. metropolitan area.

Wearing an undercover camera and microphone, the teens went in asking for flavored JUULs, the most popular e-cigarette brand on the market.

At nearly every store, our teen actors were asked for their I.D.'s and denied once the clerk saw they were underage.

"No I.D.? Sorry, ma'am," one clerk said.

But then we sent Raya back in with our 7 On Your Side intern Anne, who is 21.

Every time Anne was called into a store, she able to buy the JUUL with Raya standing right next to her minutes after Raya was turned down.

Then, there was Henry who walked up to a gas station kiosk in Arlington.

"How much is it?" Henry asked the clerk.

"17 dollars," the clerk said.

Harry then was offered JUUL pods with no questions asked.

"I went into a 7-11 the other day and saw a kid walk up to the counter and buy 40 JUUL pods," said Dave Dobbins, chief operating officer of Truth Initiative. "What do you think he was doing with them? He was bringing them back to school to sell."

Truth Initiative is an organization committed to preventing youth from taking up smoking.

His organization just completed a survey of 12 to 17-year-old JUUL users, and discovered 74 percent bought from a retail location and 52 percent from an older friend.

There is one other way kids are easily getting e-cigarettes — online.

Our teen actors went on the JUUL website and tried buying pods using their own identification. They were both turned down. But when they used their parents I.D.'s, they were able to purchase pods.

Henry was able to successfully buy with his own I.D. on eBay.

Even though in Virginia and Maryland the legal age to buy e-cigarettes is 18, and 21 in the District, for younger kids who want them... where there's a will, there's a way.

The Washington Post reports the Food and Drug Administration will ban the sale of most flavored electronic cigarettes in thousands of convenience stores and gas stations nationwide.

The only ones allowed would be traditional tobacco product flavors. There will also be age verification for online sales.

Some companies had previously been warned about marketing to children.

Mathew Myers is president of the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids.

He says a ban "won't solve the problem and that's the important thing to realize.”

Organizations like Myers' and the Truth Initiative have launched all out efforts to reach kids and inform them of the dangers of smoking e-cigarettes.

Myers says the FDA's planned ban is a good first step but tougher measures have to be taken.

The FDA is expected to announce the details of its new policy regarding e-cigarettes next week.

On December 5, the FDA will hold a public hearing to discuss its efforts to eliminate youth e-cigarette usage, as well as other tobacco product usage, with a focus on the potential role of drug therapies to support youth e-cigarette cessation and issues impacting the development of such therapies, the agency announced Thursday.

Anyone who wishes to attend must be registered by November 23.

Click here for more information on the FDA's hearing

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