FDA: teenage vaping an 'epidemic'

FDA: teenage vaping an 'epidemic'

"This starts with the actions we're taking today to crack down on retail sales of e-cigarettes to minors", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has said that e-cigarettes, while still harmful, may be effective for adults who want to give up cigarette smoking, which kills nearly half a million Americans each year.

"I have grown increasingly concerned around what we see as rising youth use in these products, and I'm disappointed in the actions the companies have taken to try to address this", Gottlieb said at a press briefing. "We wanted to give the e-cig industry time to come into compliance while we wrote the guidance and regulations to better define and explain how the new products would meet those application requirements", he said, citing the potential that the products have to help adult smokers switch from risky traditional tobacco products. The academy said Gottlieb has the authority to intervene in the market to protect minors, and any further delay runs the risk that "a generation of young people will become addicted to these unsafe products".

The companies sell Vuse, Blu, Juul, MarkTen XL, and Logic e-cigarette brands, which account for 97 percent of US e-cigarette sales, according to FDA.

Each company must submit to FDA within 60 days plans on how they will address the widespread youth access and use of their products.

"I think it became clear to FDA that if they didn't get their arms around this issue the use of these products by kids across the nation would undo decades of progress", said Matthew Myers of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

In research undertaken by the FDA which was shared with the Washington Post which shows a 75 percent increase in vaping among high school students compared to a year ago. It included plans to reduce nicotine in conventional cigarettes to nonaddictive levels.

The commissioner has repeatedly agreed that e-cigarettes can be an effective tool for adults trying to quit smoking, so his harsh words for the industry on Wednesday were all the more remarkable.

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

"I believe certain flavors are one of the principal drivers of the youth appeal of these products", he explained. And it highlighted e-cigarettes' role as a way for adult smokers to transition off cigarettes. "These Juuls are at 60 milligrams, so it's extremely high in nicotine, and it's causing them to become more addicted". Juul, which owns about a 72 percent market share, was targeted by the agency for selling flavors that appear to particularly appeal to minors.

Gottlieb warned action may perchance perchance simply require companies to commerce their gross sales and advertising and marketing practices; cease distributing merchandise to stores who promote to young of us; and dangle "some or all of their flavored e-cig merchandise from the market". Gottlieb is talking about reneging on the FDA's four-year extension of the deadline for seeking regulatory approval to continue selling e-cigarettes, which would wreak havoc with a market that he concedes has great potential for reducing smoking-related disease and death.

What's more, e-cigarette liquids like Juul pods contain high concentrations of nicotine.

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

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.

According to the FDA, the recent enforcement initiative from June through August found the vast majority of the violations were for the illegal sale of five e-cigarette products - VUSE (British American Tobacco), blu (Imperial Brands subsidiary Fontem Ventures), JUUL, MarkTen XL (Altria Group Inc. subsidiary Nu Mark LLC) and Logic, as Convenience Store News previously reported.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices.

The agency said it allowed the extra time to strike an appropriate balance between regulation and encouraging the development of innovative tobacco products that may help older smokers quit.

Trump rejects Puerto Rico hurricane latest death toll
Lindsey Graham of SC , who talks to Trump often, said, "I don't think it's bad to say we could have done better in Puerto Rico ". Trump then added that the high death toll was a result of Democrats trying to make him look bad.

Related Articles

  • Manchester City Announce Revenues in Excess of £500m in Record Breaking Season

    Manchester City Announce Revenues in Excess of £500m in Record Breaking Season

    Andre Schurrle did threaten from distance but City goalkeeper Ederson tipped over. "At the end, the result is completely fair". He finished good the first half and the second half started a little bit uncomfortable.
    At least 12 dead as typhoon lashes Philippines

    At least 12 dead as typhoon lashes Philippines

    Poor communities reliant on fishing are some of the most vulnerable to typhoon winds and the storm surges that pound the coast. Mangkhut, however, was still punching powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a Category 4 Atlantic hurricane .
    Browns finally reach end of rope, will cut Josh Gordon

    Browns finally reach end of rope, will cut Josh Gordon

    He first was suspended in 2014, and did not play again until November 2017, when he was reinstated on a conditional basis. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon looks on at a drill during the final day of training camp in Berea Tuesday.
  • Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space

    Astronauts Capture Haunting Video of Hurricane Florence Making Landfall From Space

    He said parts of North Carolina had seen storm surges - the bulge of seawater pushed ashore by the hurricane - as high as 10 feet. Hurricane Florence , now a tropical storm , is tearing through the Carolinas with heavy rainfall and 50 miles per hour wind .

    Coles and Aldi pull strawberry supply amid needle sabotage

    Contaminated punnets have been found across the country, in supermarkets in New South Wales , Queensland and Victoria. Jeannette Young, Queensland's chief health officer, said the Donnybrook brand would be pulled from store shelves .
    Soon-to-be felon Mychal Kendricks visits with the Seahawks

    Soon-to-be felon Mychal Kendricks visits with the Seahawks

    McSwain, Kendricks was able to profit due to the fact that he was receiving insider tips from TV writer Damilare Sonoiki. Kendricks spent six seasons with Philadelphia before signing with the Browns on a one-year deal in the offseason.
  • Oil slips from four-month highs on economic concerns

    Oil slips from four-month highs on economic concerns

    US crude production fell by 100,000 bpd to 10.9 million bpd last week as the industry faces pipeline capacity constraints. Oil held steady near its highest level this year on Wednesday as investors weighed the impact of the Iran sanctions.
    GOP lawmakers may oppose tax bill 2.0 to hold onto seats

    GOP lawmakers may oppose tax bill 2.0 to hold onto seats

    At 60 percent, most voters though the president did not "share voters' values". Small businesses are benefitting the most.
    The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas

    The Buzz | Tropical bands from Florence begin lashing Carolinas

    Florence's winds dropped from a peak of 225km/h to 165km/h overnight, reducing the hurricane from a terrifying Category 4 to a 2. Hundreds of thousands of people have already evacuated. "Please heed the warnings", Mr Brock said: " Your time is running out ".
  • Too much asked of tired  World Cup stars for Jurgen Klopp

    Too much asked of tired World Cup stars for Jurgen Klopp

    Now we have to go again. "It was a free kick for Tottenham , right?" "Now we won a few games, so that's very good", said Klopp. The Brazilian was forced off in the 74th minute following a battle with Jan Vertonghen and then sent for further examination.
    Jamie Murray: Serena US Open sexism claims far-fetched

    Jamie Murray: Serena US Open sexism claims far-fetched

    Most of those criticisms - largely made by men - were valid, but they chose to ignore Williams' experience as a black woman. She later smashed her racket on the court, resulting in a point penalty and more choice words for Ramos.
    FEMA administrator under investigation for travel, use of government cars

    FEMA administrator under investigation for travel, use of government cars

    USA government watchdogs have also chastised Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over his spending. FEMA's James Joseph said even with all of its assets, there are limits to what it can do.