The FDA Threatens To Ban Vaping Products Due To Teenage Use

US government considers ban on flavored e-cigarettes over youth 'epidemic'

"It is absolutely absurd and a perversion of how regulatory agencies are supposed to approach their work".

These successes on behalf of kids - and a near-universal presumption of their innocence - can help provide momentum to this new FDA crackdown. If we take seriously the idea that cigarette addiction is a disease, one that should be combatted with public-health measures, then we should consider withholding effective assistance fundamentally unethical - even if it is not effective for everyone, and even if there are some undesirable associated effects.

The FDA has also been revamping its regulation on tobacco, including lowering the amount of nicotine in conventional cigarettes.

The FDA's moves come as the booming e-cig company Juul has been flagged by doctors, researchers and non-profits for health risks and deceptive marketing to attract minors. "The FDA may perchance perchance no longer tolerate an complete generation of children changing into hooked on nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to non-public unfettered access to these same merchandise", Gottlieb said.

Wednesday, the commissioner of the federal agency said it was investigating if flavored vaping products are risky for teens, and need to come off the market.

"A lot of e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and nicotine is perhaps the most addictive substance in society today". In fact, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than 2 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017.

The latest Youth Tobacco Use survey said almost 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 18 middle school students reported using a tobacco product a year ago, compared with almost 1 in 4 high school students and 1 in 13 middle school students in 2011.

This is still a problem today among many middle and high schools where students have been concealing and utilizing e-cigarettes in classrooms and hallways during school hours. And the USA wouldn't be the first country to contemplate such an action. Juul, a private company, represents 72 percent of sales, according to Nielsen data compiled by Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie.

The announcement came as surprise, given Gottlieb's earlier comments, supporting e-cigarettes specifically for the reason that the industry gives for avoiding the ban. (He uses e-cigarettes) not so much as a cure-all, be-all, 100-percent healthy product.

On Wednesday, Gottlieb put manufacturers on notice that the agency's balancing act will lean more heavily on preventing youth addiction. "But in closing the on-ramp for kids, we're going to have to narrow the on-ramp for adults".

The action is part of the FDA's Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan announced in April.

Juul Labs, which controls about 70% of the market, said in its statement that "appropriate flavors" play a role in adults changing their smoking habits, but added that they "are committed to preventing underage use of our product, and we want to be part of the solution in keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of young people".

Dr. Gottlieb said he believes that certain flavors make the products appealing to teens.

"Let me be clear, everything is on the table and this includes the resources of both our civil and our criminal enforcement tools", Gottlieb said. More than 500 participants completed a 60-question anonymous questionnaire about their use of e-cigarettes, with more than half of them providing urine samples.

Collectively, the five industry leaders command more than 97% of the USA market for e-cigarettes, and Gottlieb took them to task for their response to concerns expressed earlier by the FDA about underage marketing and sales.

One possible remedy, Gottlieb said in an interview, would be to revoke the application delay for cartridge-based e-cigarettes, the most common type used by young people.

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