Supermarkets cited in crackdown on e-cigarettes

Supermarkets cited in crackdown on e-cigarettes

Supermarkets cited in crackdown on e-cigarettes

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. It's simply not tolerable.

The agency also delivered letters to the five largest e-cigarette brands, asking the companies to tell the FDA within 60 days how they plan to curb youth access to their products.

Gottlieb said that around 97 percent of the products on the market were from the five brands it is now targeting: JUUL, Vuse, Blu, MarkTen and Logic.

The FDA cited research saying more than 2 million middle and high school students were current users of e-cigarettes in 2017.

All three of those companies compete with Juul in the e-cigarette market - but, unlike Juul, they also sell regular cigarettes, meaning a government crackdown on e-cigarettes doesn't hurt as much. "We're going to have to take actions".

"The FDA should immediately move to regulate flavored e-cigarettes, instead of waiting until 2022, as it is now planning to do", Bloomberg said in a statement.

"We're committed to the comprehensive approach to address addiction to nicotine that we announced previous year".

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The agency also sent letters warning 1k online and brick-and-mortar retailers and issued 131 fines during a nationwide investigation into whether JUUL was purposely targeting youths.

San Francisco-based Juul said it is working to prevent underage use of its products but added that flavors can help adult smokers quit cigarettes.

Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said that he believes flavored vape liquids target teenagers specifically and his agency is considering banning them altogether.

The agency said it continues to check retail stores that sell tobacco, to ensure they are in compliance with federal laws.

According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' president Matthew Myers, the FDA has made a crucial step toward curtailing youth use of e-cigarettes.

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.

The latest data, not yet published, show a 75 percent increase in e-cigarette use among high school students this year, compared with 2017.

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The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday declared that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached "an epidemic proportion", and it put makers of the most popular devices on notice that they have just 60 days to prove they can keep their devices away from minors.

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.

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.

"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and unsafe - trend among teens", Gottlieb said in a statement. Above that message is a link to the company's youth-prevention efforts.

The FDA has also been revamping its regulation on tobacco, including lowering the amount of nicotine in conventional cigarettes. Other big players are owned by big tobacco conglomerates; Camel parent British American Tobacco makes Vuse e-cigarettes, and Marlboro parent Altria makes MarkTen e-cigarettes.

Despite the fact that they can not legally be sold to anyone under 18, e-cigarettes - hand-held vaporizers that create aerosols from liquids typically packed with nicotine and other chemicals, often including flavorings - are now the most popular tobacco product among high school students, recent federal data shows.

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