FDA declares war on (teen) vaping

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

But at the same time, we see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion, and we must adjust certain aspects of our comprehensive strategy to stem this clear and present danger.

The FDA said it has sent more than 1,100 warning letters to stores for the illegal sale of e-cigarettes to under-age vapers and issued fines to another 131 shops.

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

These levels of nicotine are highly addictive, particularly to the developing brains of children and teenagers. In the next 60 days, the FDA plans to investigate the five e-cigarette companies' marketing and sales practices, with possible "boots on the ground inspections", Gottlieb said. 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. The administration has delayed a requirement that these products go through a pre-market tobacco application approval process in order to remain on the market.

Dr. Gottlieb said his agency's aggressive posture may create obstacles for adults who use e-cigarettes as substitutes for traditional smokes, but he added that he is willing to pay that price to stop children from getting hooked on tobacco. Flavored e-cigarettes have become a big part of the $2.3 billion e-cigarette business.

The FDA's regulation of tobacco products has always been marked by twists and turns and years of debate. 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 risky. "I think education is the answer to fixing the problem, just like how we have educated young people about alcohol and other tobacco products over the years", Delaney said.

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Today's announcement is part of a series of product standards the agency will roll out as part of their Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, which they launched earlier this year. Under the circumstances, that makes the rise in e-cigarette use by teens a legitimate "epidemic", which is exactly how the FDA is describing it.

Today more middle-and- high school students (over two million) are vaping than smoking tobacco cigarettes.

The FDA stated that although e-cigarettes can potentially help adult smokers move away from traditional cigarettes, that effort can't come at the expense of a whole new generation becoming addicted to nicotine.

In addition, the FDA on Wednesday issued 12 warning letters to online retailers for selling misleadingly labeled and/or advertised e-liquids resembling kid-friendly food products such as candy and cookies. Companies whose products are pulled from shelves will have to prove a net positive public health benefit before sales can resume.

There has been noticeable progress, though federal agencies say far too many youths still use tobacco products. He said in June tobacco companies "better step up and step up soon" but he didn't divulge what consequences the industry could face - until now. British American, which produces Camel cigarettes, climbed as much as 6.4 percent in London, the biggest intraday increase in 10 years. And the Food and Drug Administration is now threatening to take their flavored products off the market if the industry does not take steps in the next 60 days to reduce underage use.

The agency said it allowed the extra time to strike an appropriate balance between regulation and encouraging the development of innovative tobacco products that may help older smokers quit. And it highlighted e-cigarettes' role as a way for adult smokers to transition off cigarettes.

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