E-cigarette use is an 'epidemic', FDA chief says

E-cigarette use is an 'epidemic', FDA chief says

FDA also added saying that if the agencies don't think their plans go far enough, it could order their flavored products off the market as these five brands make up more than 97 percent of the US market for e-cigarettes.

The FDA also announced 1,300 warning letters and fines to online and traditional stores that have illegally sold Juul and other e-cigarettes to minors.

In April, JUUL sent thousands of pages of records to be reviewed by the FDA - but apparently, it didn't bode well for the nicotine king.

In an emailed statement, JUUL Labs chief executive officer Kevin Burns wrote, "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".

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

"This use by children and teens is especially concerning to the FDA because the developing adolescent brain is particularly vulnerable to nicotine addiction", a statement from the FDA says.

The FDA requested that Juul and four other e-cigarette brands submit plans to "address widespread youth access and use of their products".

"Kids should not smoke or use any tobacco products".

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

Five Killed as Florence Hammers the Carolinas
Hurricane expert Dr Rick Knabb warns: "Yes good news that intensity of Florence has come down, to lessen wind damage somewhat". It is expected to bring massive amounts of rain , devastating flooding gale-force winds that could knock out power for weeks.

The FDA also issued 12 warning letters to other online retailers "selling misleadingly labeled and/or advertised e-liquids resembling kid-friendly food products such as candy and cookies".

The FDA said it was cracking down hard on sales of vaping products to teenagers and said it was reconsidering a grace period to allow makers to apply for FDA approval of their products.

"If young adults toddle browsing and remove a hundred fashions of a product to promote to young of us, that recount may perchance perchance simply level-headed be easy for a product manufacturer to title", said Gottlieb.

"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.

The said that doesn't mean e-cigarettes are benign, and officials are anxious about vaping's impact on young people's brains.

More than 2 million middle school and high school students used e-cigarettes in 2017, according to a report from the FDA. Camel maker British American Tobacco's shares jumped 6 percent.

In the spring, the agency issued more than 60 warning letters and fines to businesses that sold JUUL brand products to minors. Companies whose products are pulled from shelves will have to prove a net positive public health benefit before sales can resume. The FDA may also limit the sale of certain flavored products, Gottlieb said.

Dr Gottlieb announced a number of steps the FDA plans to take. I'll be clear. The FDA won't tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products. The truth about tobacco and the tobacco industry are at the heart of our proven-effective and nationally recognized truth public-education campaign, our rigorous and scientific research and policy studies, and our innovative community and youth engagement programs supporting populations at high risk of using tobacco. "Appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch", the company said.

Gottlieb echoed those concerns, saying he's anxious about the effects of nicotine in e-cigarettes on the developing brain, and that a proportion of teenagers who use the devices will end up on regular cigarettes. They're generally considered a less unsafe alternative to regular cigarettes.

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