Sunday, 09 December, 2018

The FDA Threatens To Ban Vaping Products Due To Teenage Use

FDA puts e-cig makers on notice US government considers ban on flavored e-cigarettes over youth 'epidemic'
Gustavo Carr | 14 September, 2018, 12:26

The threatened ban, if carried out, would significantly upend the fast-growing industry.

Juul e-cigs are available with 3 percent nicotine and 5 percent nicotine - about a much as pack of cigarettes, according to its website.

The agency will also be increasing federal enforcement actions on e-cig sales to minors in convenience stores and other retail sites, Gottlieb said, and would look closely at a practice called "straw purchases", in which adults visit web-based stores and buy in bulk to resell to minors.

"The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we're seeing in youth and the resulting path to addiction must end", Gottlieb told agency staffers and reporters. Those five brands account for about 97% of the USA e-cigarette market, the agency reported.

The agency has so far issued fines to 131 retailers, ranging from $279 to $11,182.

This is the latest in a series of steps the FDA is taking to limit children's use of e-cigarettes, which has "reached an epidemic proportion" in the U.S., FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced Wednesday. The products being targeted are: Juul, MarkTen by the Altria Group, the maker of Malboro cigarettes in the US, Blu by Fontem Ventures, Vuse, by British American Tobacco, the company that makes Camel cigarettes, and a device called Logic. The companies insist that the flavors are critical to helping nicotine-addicted adult smokers switch from conventional cigarettes.

Gottlieb's action drew immediate praise from a major tobacco-control organization, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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Juul e-cigarette starter pack is seen in this picture illustration taken July 16, 2018. The crackdown marks a shift in the agency's policy.

However, he added: "The youth risk is paramount". They included chains such as 7-Eleven, Casey's General Store, Circle K, Cumberland Farms, Kwik Trip, Sheetz, Speedway, Tom Thumb and Wawa, as well as gas station banners like BP, Chevron, Citgo, Conoco, Exxon, Marathon, Mobil, Murphy USA, Phillips, RaceTrac, Shell, Sunoco, Texaco and Valero.

The FDA moves come as it seeks to balance its approach on e-cigarettes, which can be used to wean lifelong smokers onto less harmful nicotine products, but also risk drawing a new generation to nicotine addiction.

"JUUL Labs will work proactively with FDA in response to its request. They must demonstrate that they're truly committed to keeping these new products out of the hands of kids, and they must find a way to reverse this trend", Gottlieb said.

The FDA's regulation of tobacco products has always been marked by twists and turns and years of debate. As part of today's action, the agency sent an additional 12 warning letters to another 12 companies that continue to sell the products. Sales were allowed to continue in the interim.

E-cigarettes are vapor-emitting devices that have grown into a multi-billion dollar industry in the USA despite little research on their long-term effects, including whether they are helpful in helping smokers quit. He said the impact of the rampant use of e-cigarettes "is becoming very apparent". "As health professionals, we strongly believe that access to nicotine products, and that advertising of nicotine products that appeals to teens, should be restricted to minimize youth exposure".