FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers

FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers

FDA Gets Tough on Juul, Other E-Cigarette Makers

In addition to its challenge to manufacturers, the FDA also announced it had fined around 130 retailers who were caught selling e-cigarettes to underage individuals and sent almost 1,200 more warning letters to other retailers. "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", said Kevin Burns, CEO of JUUL Labs.

Logic Technology Development, owned by Japan Tobacco Inc, said it will demonstrate to the FDA "that Logic markets its products only to adults".

"Nicotine can be harmful to the still-developing brain of an adolescent", said Mitchell Zeller, the Director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products.

Under Wednesday's announcement, the five largest e-cigarette manufacturers will have 60 days to produce plans to stop underage use of their products. Now the FDA has conducted 978,290 retail inspections, issued 77,180 warning letters to retailers for violating the law and initiated approximately 18,560 civil money penalty cases, as of September 1, 2018.

He also notes that while many adults who use e-cigarettes report that these products helped them stop smoking combustible tobacco, "the benefits of vaping devices for cessation has not yet been borne out at the population level in clinical or observational studies".

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

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Ms. Cabrera said she believed that the big tobacco companies had an ulterior motive, perhaps to appear to regulators and lawmakers as more credible than the small e-cigarette companies.

The agency issued more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to convenience stores, gas stations and other stores over the summer for selling e-cigarettes to minors, Gottlieb says.

The FDA has also been revamping its regulation on tobacco, including lowering the amount of nicotine in conventional cigarettes. But they say that this move like this could backfire because, you know, adults who are - use e-cigarettes are using them to quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, which are really unsafe. "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", he said. Under regulations finalized in 2016, manufacturers of e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine products that fuel the devices were supposed to file applications to the FDA by August of this year.

As of 2017, more than two million high school-age Americans used e-cigarettes, a trend that represents a historic uptake of nicotine products, the FDA said. The latest federal data shows a 75 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high school students this year compared with 2017. As allotment of this day's action, the agency despatched an additional 12 warning letters to one more 12 companies that continue to promote the merchandise. "If the companies don't know, or if they don't want to know, that these straw purchases are occurring, we'll now be helping to identify it for them".

If the companies refuse to revise their marketing practices or prove they are willing to cut off retailers that sell their products to children, then the will knock them out of the market until they make reforms. "We can not allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine", he said. Camel maker British American Tobacco's shares jumped 6 percent.

According to the company's website, the mission of JUUL products is to improve the lives of the world's 1 billion adult smokers. That data has not been released publicly yet, with the data coming from the early stages of the National Youth Tobacco Survey. Juul, a company that has become popular with teenagers has said they will "work proactively with the request".

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