FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, declared teen use of electronic cigarettes an "epidemic" and said the agency would be addressing the issue with "the largest coordinated tobacco compliance effort in FDA's history". "E-cigs non-public changed into an almost ubiquitous - and unhealthy - pattern among young of us". "We can not allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine".
"The vast majority of the violations were for the illegal sale of five e-cigarette products - Vuse, Blu, JUUL, MarkTen XL, and Logic".
The FDA requested that Juul and four other e-cigarette brands submit plans to "address widespread youth access and use of their products". The FDA declined to publicly release the numbers, but people familiar with them said they were preliminary data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey, on which the agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collaborate. The agency may also ban sales of some flavored e-cigarette products, which Gottlieb says are particularly appealing to underage users, and consider shortening a grace period that now gives e-cigarette companies until 2022 to apply for FDA approval.
More than 2 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017, the FDA said, and e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product by youth.
More than 1,000 businesses across the U.S. are getting letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, warning them to stop selling e-cigarettes to minors. Those products include e-cigarettes.
"I've been warning the e-cigarette industry for more than a year that they needed to do much more to stem the youth trends", he said.
According to the company's website, the mission of JUUL products is to improve the lives of the world's 1 billion adult smokers.
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At that time of the extension, Gottlieb said Wednesday, the agency didn't foresee the "epidemic'"of adolescent use that has become one of the plan's biggest challenges". While often touted as a way for smokers to break their habits or to reduce their intake of numerous cancer-causing chemicals found in tobacco smoke, research suggests that many e-cigarette users also smoke traditional cigarettes and perhaps have no acquired a dual habit.
Three stores in Arkansas were fined $279 for sales of tobacco or e-cigarette products to minors. "In closing the on-ramp to kids, we're going to have to narrow the off-ramp for adults who want to migrate off combustible tobacco and onto e-cigs". Their products, available in sweet flavors, are popular with young people, who can hide the sleek devices from parents and teachers.
Officials say to date, the problem of underage use is at "epidemic proportions".
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is strongly considering banning all flavored e-cigarettes. "Appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch", Burns said.
"Flavored e-cigarettes should be ordered off shelves immediately - ending ongoing dithering and saving another generation from nicotine addiction", said Sen.
Kelli Cogan says her 15-year-old son was able to get free Juul cartridges online last year by using his father's name and birth name and having them shipped to a different address. "The availability of e-cigarettes can not come at the expense of addicting a new generation of youth onto nicotine, and it won't", he said in an interview.
Stressing that the FDA need to properly evaluate the public health impacts such products have before they can approve them, Gottlieb noted that the speed in which e-cigarettes have appeared and spread hasn't given them enough time to do just that.