FDA wants e-cigarette makers to extinguish use by kids

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

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

"I employ the phrase epidemic with expansive care", said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb. Gottlieb would be on much firmer ethical ground if he took the opposite position: In trying to stop teenagers from vaping, we won't deny adult smokers access to products that could save their lives.

In addition, the FDA on Wednesday issued 12 warning letters to online retailers for selling misleadingly labeled and/or advertised e-liquids resembling kid-friendly food products such as candy and cookies.

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.

On Wednesday the FDA announced that it had taken action against over 1,300 retailers for selling the products to minors, the largest enforcement action ever undertaken by the agency. It also raised the possibility of civil or criminal charges if companies are allowing bulk sales through their websites.

As a parent, Phillips says she has heard stories about the prevalence of vaping in St. John's-area high schools.

The FDA has been widely criticized by anti-smoking groups for extending the product review application period for e-cigarettes introduced to the market before August of 2016 to the summer of 2022.

"Despite this, Commissioner Gottlieb is threatening to shut down all these businesses unless larger manufacturers unilaterally choose to change their marketing practices", Conley added. Richard Blumenthal said in a statement. She said the enforcement is necessary - in particular, for a certain brand of e-cigarettes called "Juul".

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

Last year, the FDA announced that it would delay regulations that could have halted the sales of many e-cigarettes. 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".

An investigation is underway into how five e-cigarette manufacturers market their products to your kids. But he stopped short of requiring any such changes.

"Senator, that's a good question", said Jason Healy, the founder and president of Blu E-Cigarettes.

We also have the highest percentage of youth having reported e-cigarette use in the last 30 days at 23 per cent, compared to the national average of 10 per cent.

The agency said it continues to check retail stores that sell tobacco, to ensure they are in compliance with federal laws.

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.

The U.S. market for vaping products has exploded as well. A recent study estimates USA e-cigarette users at 10.8 million, with more than half under the age of 35.

It's bad for business when regulators target one of your fastest-growing products - unless they also go after a competitor working to put you out of business.

Now, the FDA wants to crack down on flavored products.

In a speech at the agency's headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., Gottlieb acknowledged that e-cigarettes present a public health conundrum. He said a main goal in reducing use of e-cigarettes by minors is to fight sales of them to minors. We've been doing everything we can to keep kids from vaping, from using our products.

JUUL, a private company that doesn't make cigarettes; Logic, which is owned by the Japan Tobacco International, and R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company's Vuse said they plan to work with the FDA. If the companies do not respond to the agency's satisfaction, the FDA said, it will consider removing their products from stores.

Altria Group and British American Tobacco have gained the most intraday since 2008, rising as much as 7.7 percent and 6.9 percent, respectively.

At that time, Gottlieb said, the agency didn't foresee the "epidemic'"of adolescent use that has become one of the plan's biggest challenges". "They're now on notice".