FDA Threatens to Ban E-Cigarettes If Teenagers Keep Using Them

A man breathes in from an e-cigarette at a vape shop in London on Aug. 17 2018

A man breathes in from an e-cigarette at a vape shop in London on Aug. 17 2018

The said that doesn't mean e-cigarettes are benign, and officials are anxious about vaping's impact on young people's brains.

"We welcome FDA's action today and look forward to sharing our thoughts about how to prevent and reduce youth use, an issue we have focussed on for decades", Altria spokesman George Parman said in a statement. "It be simply no longer tolerable". They comprise more than 97 percent of the USA market for e-cigarettes. In a speech in Washington, FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced a number of steps the government planned to take as part of a broader crackdown on the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to children. Regulators are considering restricting e-cigarette manufacturers from selling flavored nicotine liquid or forcing the products to undergo an agency review, as reported by CNBC. But they say that this move like this could backfire because, you know, adults who are - use e-cigarettes are using them to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, which are really risky.

The FDA is in the process of rolling out a sweeping anti-smoking created to make it easier for smokers to quit by cutting the nicotine levels in regular cigarettes. Many public-health groups believe such flavors entice young people to try the devices.

The FDA also announced 1,300 warning letters and fines to online and traditional stores that have illegally sold Juul and other e-cigarettes to minors.

The commissioner said flavors play a key role in peaking teen interest.

If these companies fail to comply, the agency said it would consider requiring them to stop selling flavored tobacco products, which critics say appeal more to young smokers.

Beyond that, vaping research and development is actually costing tobacco companies as they attempt to gain market share in the burgeoning industry, Lavery said. E-cigs deliver lower toxin levels than regular cigarettes, but users can inhale more of the addictive stimulant nicotine. The group also gave e-cigarette companies 60 days to come up with plans to keep their products out of the hands of minors.

Dr. Gottlieb said his agency's aggressive posture may create obstacles for adults who use e-cigarettes as substitutes for traditional smokes, but he added that he is willing to pay that price to stop children from getting hooked on tobacco.

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"I use the word epidemic with great care", Gottlieb said.

According to the company's website, the mission of JUUL products is to improve the lives of the world's 1 billion adult smokers.

In addition to these new actions, the FDA had previously issued more than 60 warning letters and fines to businesses that sold JUUL brand products to minors stemming from another enforcement blitz in the spring. "Hindsight, and the data that's now available to us, fully reveal these trends".

In the US, about 12 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes at least once a month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection estimated in 2017. "Clearly the FDA knows who the industry culprits are in this epidemic and as such should exercise its full regulatory authority over these products rather than allow the industry to voluntarily self-correct".

The FDA noted that, over the past few years, e-cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco product by youth.

In April the agency launched a Youth Tobacco Prevention Opinion, created to take care of some of the crucial identified public successfully being dangers, equivalent to flavors, that make contributions to adolescent employ of e-cigarettes.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids President Matthew Myers offered cautious praise for Gottlieb and the FDA, calling Wednesday's announcement "potentially the most important step FDA has taken to curtail youth use of e-cigarettes".

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