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The FDA Threatens To Ban Vaping Products Due To Teenage Use

The FDA Threatens To Ban Vaping Products Due To Teenage Use

Since the surge in teen use of the products began, the FDA and Juul have battled over the products consistently.

"We 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", he added.

In April the agency launched a Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, created to address some of the known public health risks, such as flavors, that contribute to adolescent use of e-cigarettes.

It has warned that most such products contain nicotine, which is addictive and can affect brain development. The FDA is demanding what Gottlieb describes as "plans to immediately and substantially reverse" the "clear and present danger" of adolescent vaping.

The agency is giving e-cigarette companies 60 days to come up with a plan for reducing use of their products among minors.

The vast majority of the manufacturer offenders are Vuse, Blu, JUUL, MarkTen XL and Logic, the FDA said. Gottlieb said he believes youth are attracted to the e-cigarettes because of "certain flavors".

Those broader recommendations would constrain the ability of e-cigarette companies to reach adult smokers and make ENDS less appealing to them. The upshot could be less switching and therefore more smoking-related deaths.

The agency remains committed to the tobacco framework, Gottlieb told staffers Wednesday, but he acknowledged that it "didn't predict what I now believe is an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teenagers".

A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found in January that while e-cigarettes are far less harmful than conventional cigarettes, which produce a raft of toxic substances when burned, they still pose health risks.

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The burgeoning popularity of e-cigarettes among young smokers has caused traditional cigarette industry players a great deal of trouble by eating into their market share.

Food and Drug Commissioner Scott Gottlieb attends an interview at Reuters headquarters in New York on October 10, 2017. The company has more than two-thirds of the US e-cigarette market, according to Nielsen data. According to the Washington Post, data that has not yet been published confirms that there has been a 75 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high school students just this year.

The ability of manufacturers to prevent underage consumption is, in any case, pretty limited.

Manufacturers offer and market e-cigarette flavors that clearly appeal to minors, including candy and bubble gum flavors.

It marks a shift in the agency's tone on e-cigarettes.

Such a step would be a major blow to the e-cigarette companies - Juul, Vuse, Blu, Logic and MarkTen - which often feature cream and fruit flavorings in their products.

"I don't think it's ever too late".

Dr Gottlieb acknowledged that the toughened approach would force "hard trade-offs" when it comes to promoting e-cigarettes to adults. "In enabling a path for e-cigarettes to offer a potentially lower risk alternative for adult smokers", he says, "we won't allow the current trends in youth access and use to continue, even if it means putting limits in place that reduce adult uptake of these products".

Hutsell says that he lost his mother to lung cancer after she smoked for over 30 years and that he wishes vaping was available for her back then.