Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

E-cig makers have 60 days to show they aren’t targeting minors

E-cig makers have 60 days to show they aren’t targeting minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on flavored e-cigarettes from Juul Labs and other companies as it grapples with an "epidemic" of youth e-cigarette use that threatens to create a new generation of nicotine addicts, the agency's head said on Wednesday.

"The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we're seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end", FDA chief Scott Gottlieb said.

In a speech to FDA employees, Gottlieb said that rapid spike in teen use, emerging sales trends and concerns among parents and teachers convinced him that underage use of e-cigarettes has become a full-blown crisis that must be forcefully addressed.

The Minnesota Department of Health has now issued a health advisory regarding the latest evidence that early nicotine use increases the risks of addiction for youth now and later in life. It's simply not tolerable.

The federal agency issued more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores from June through August. It reserved its strongest action for the manufacturers themselves. "We're going to have to take action".

The FDA is giving the five top-selling e-cigarette brands - Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, Blu and Logic - 60 days to provide plans for how they will mitigate sales to minors.

"The legal standard for FDA premarket review of a new tobacco product includes consideration of whether the product would be appropriate for the protection of the public health".

In a statement, VTA Executive Director Tony Abboud asked: "Does FDA really want millions of Americans to return to smoking cigarettes?"

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

The company, which sells pods with flavours such as mango, mint and creme, also defended such products, which it said help adult customers trying to quit traditional smoking.

Manufacturers say they've changed from the days of Joe Camel, he said.

He said "everything is on the table", including criminal charges.

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"JUUL Labs will work proactively with FDA in response to its request", the company said in a statement.

"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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"They come out with cherry flavored vodka and birthday cake flavored vodka".

The FDA plans to step up enforcement actions to monitor, penalize and prevent e-cigarette sales in convenience stores and other retail sites.

San Francisco-based Juul said it is working to prevent underage use of its products but added that flavors can help adult smokers quit.

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".

Then previous year, a few months after being sworn in as commissioner, Gottlieb announced a new comprehensive tobacco framework. "Hindsight, and the data now available to us, reveal these trends".

As regulators threatened to pull e-cigarettes from shelves if they do not address "widespread" teen use, shares of Altria Group Inc.

Shortly after the launch, the FDA cracked down on e-liquids marketed to resemble kid-friendly foods like juice boxes, candy and cookies.

And the agency has issued more than 135 No-Tobacco-Sale Order Complaints, which, according to the FDA, "can result in retailers being prohibited from selling tobacco products for specified periods of time". "Teenagers are becoming regular users, and the proportion of regular users is increasing", Gottlieb tells USA Today. The companies insist that the flavors are critical to helping nicotine-addicted adult smokers switch from conventional cigarettes.

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