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United States government considers ban on flavored e-cigarettes over youth 'epidemic'

United States government considers ban on flavored e-cigarettes over youth 'epidemic'

But Gottlieb acknowledged Wednesday that the agency failed to predict an "epidemic of addiction" among youth, mainly driven by flavored products.

'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, ' Gottlieb said.

"The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we're seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end". It's simply not tolerable.

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency will soon release data that show a "substantial increase" in youth vaping this year compared with 2017.

"We're committed to the comprehensive approach to address addiction to nicotine that we announced past year", Gottlieb said. Such grim statistics prompted the FDA to recently propose that the level of nicotine, the addictive substance that gets people hooked, permitted in products should be brought down, either suddenly or gradually over time, to eventually wean people off smoking. "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 five brands the FDA has addressed are: Juul, Vuse, MarkTen XL, blu e-cigs and Logic.

Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and research shows that young adults who smoke or who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to binge drink than nonsmokers, the health department said.

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The FDA's suggestions include rigorous age verification procedures for online direct sales (which Juul, the market leader, says it already has) and "discontinuing sales to retail establishments that have been subject to an FDA civil monetary penalty for sale of tobacco products to minors within the prior 12 months".

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

As of September 1, the FDA said it has conducted 978,290 retail inspections, issued 77,180 warning letters to retailers for violating the law, and initiated 18,560 civil money penalty cases in its checks of retail establishments selling tobacco products.

Makers argue that e-cigarettes can help adult smokers transition away from burnt tobacco products. If manufacturers aren't willing to do the research, he said, the FDA will do it for them, with appropriate consequences.

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

"JUUL Labs will work proactively with FDA in response to its request", said Kevin Burns, JUUL's CEO.

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However, Gottlieb claims e-cigarette brands haven't done enough to stop kids from using the products.

The FDA is trying to set up a framework for regulating e-cigarettes.

San Francisco-based Juul said it is working to prevent underage use of its products but added that flavors can help adult smokers quit. He said the problem had reached "epidemic proportion". "Hindsight, and the data that's now available to us, fully reveal these trends".

Now, I will say we do think the e-cigarettes offer a viable alternative for adult smokers.

Shortly after the launch, the FDA cracked down on e-liquids marketed to resemble kid-friendly foods like juice boxes, candy and cookies. In 2016, the agency "deemed" that products such as e-cigarettes also were under its jurisdiction and told companies to file applications to market their products by August 2018.

Much of the FDA's sharp change in course is a result of the phenomenal success of Juul, which looks like a USB flash drive.

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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.


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