FDA wants e-cigarette makers to extinguish use by kids

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

The FDA Is Considering Pulling Some Flavored E-Cigarettes From the Market to Fight 'Epidemic' of Youth Vaping

To gain clearance to return to the market, the companies would have to prove that the benefits to adults who use e-cigarettes to stop smoking outweigh the risks associated with youth vaping.

WASH/LA-The Food and Drug Administration said on September 12-they are considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes in response to an "epidemic" of young people using e-cigarettes, the agency's leader said. It's simply not tolerable.

Under today's announcement, the five largest e-cigarette manufacturers will have 60 days to produce plans to stop underage use of their products.

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"I certainly am in possession of evidence that warrants that", Gottlieb said. The "epidemic" perceived by the FDA is mainly an epidemic of e-cigarette experimentation, and even that trend seems to have reversed, judging from the latest NYTS results. As part of today's action, the agency sent an additional 12 warning letters to another 12 companies that continue to sell the products.

Juul Labs said it would work with the FDA and is committed to preventing underage use of its product.

"We can not allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine", he said.

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Gottlieb echoed those concerns, saying he's anxious about the effects of nicotine in e-cigarettes on the developing brain, and that a proportion of teenagers who use the devices will end up on regular cigarettes.

The statement also states that the agency issued 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who were caught illegally selling products to minors in "an undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer". FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, an appointee of President Donald Trump, stated, "We see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion". Shares of cigarette and e-cigarette maker Altria Group also rose more than 6 percent, while Philip Morris International shares were up 4 percent.

"We need to go further", said Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire philanthropist who has worked for years to reduce tobacco use. "In the coming weeks, we'll take additional action under our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to immediately address the youth access to, and the appeal of, these products".

"We're committed to the comprehensive approach to address addiction to nicotine that we announced past year", Gottlieb said. "Juul is a product for adult smokers".

Since 2017, FDA officials have discussed e-cigarettes as a potential tool to ween adult smokers off cigarettes. According to the NYTS, the incidence of past-month smoking among high school students fell from 15.8 percent in 2011 to 7.6 percent in 2017.

The Vapor Technology Association, which says it represents over 600 vaping manufacturers and distributors, also supports limiting teen access, but added that the new actions by the FDA ventured "into unsafe territory" by not being in the best interest of public health.

"The FDA should immediately move to regulate flavored e-cigarettes, instead of waiting until 2022, as it is now planning to do", Bloomberg said in a statement.

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