FDA Threatens to Ban E-Cigarettes If Teenagers Keep Using Them

Youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached

Youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached"an epidemic proportion" the head of the US Food and Drug Administration says

US health officials are sounding the alarm about teenage use of e-cigarettes, calling the problem an "epidemic" and ordering manufacturers to reverse the trend or risk having their flavored vaping products pulled from the market.

The agency remains committed to the tobacco framework, Gottlieb told staffers Wednesday, but he acknowledged that it "didn't predict what I now believe is an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teenagers".

The organisation warned the country's five largest e-cigarette makers that their products - Juul, Blu, MarkTen, Vuse and Logic - could be banned unless the companies could prove within 60 days that they had effective plans to stop sales to children.

Gottlieb noted that the FDA continues to support the availability of products to help adult smokers quit, but 'that work can't come at the expense of kids, ' he said.

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

She said Altria could be well positioned because it has a long history of dealing with youth access to its products and has "limited/mature flavor profiles relative to Juul". "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".

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

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"In addition, today the FDA also issued 12 warning letters to other online retailers that are selling misleadingly labeled and/or advertised e-liquids resembling kid-friendly food products such as candy and cookies". The FDA says more than two million middle and high schoolers regularly used the devices, and it wants both the makers and sellers to help curb this trend. Despite the constant warnings that increased experimentation with e-cigarettes would lead to more smoking, consumption of conventional cigarettes by teenagers stubbornly continues to decline, reaching a record low a year ago in the Monitoring the Future Study, which began in 1975.

The commissioner has repeatedly agreed that e-cigarettes can be an effective tool for adults trying to quit smoking, so his harsh words for the industry on Wednesday were all the more remarkable.

"Critically, FDA for the first time recognizes that it must be addressed by requiring that manufacturers remove flavored products from the market unless those products have been reviewed by FDA, alter current marketing practices, eliminate online sales and take significant steps to curtail illegal sales to kids", Myers said.

"We're committed to the comprehensive approach to address addiction to nicotine that we announced a year ago", Gottlieb said.

And some of the retailers that received warning letters are still advertising and selling these products, he said.

Traders said proposed FDA action was less harsh than feared. "Appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch", Burns said in a statement. That initiative emerged from the agency's broader plan to regulate nicotine and tobacco, unveiled in July 2017, under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. "And we're seriously considering a policy change that would lead to the immediate removal of these flavored products from the market".

The FDA's regulation of tobacco products has always been marked by twists and turns and years of debate.

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