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Friday, July 1, 2022

FDA bans Juul e-cigarettes over teen vaping

WASHINGTON — U.S. health regulators on Thursday ordered Juul to withdraw its e-cigarettes from the market, in the latest blow to an embattled company widely blamed for sparking a surge in teen vaping in the country.

The action is part of a wide-ranging effort by the Food and Drug Administration to put the multi-billion dollar vaping industry under scientific scrutiny after years of regulatory delays.

The FDA said Juul should stop selling its tobacco and menthol flavored vaping device and cartridges. Those that are already on the market should be removed. The agency said that consumers are not prohibited from owning or using Juul products.

To stay in the market, companies must show that their e-cigarettes benefit public health. In practice, this means proving that adult smokers who use them are more likely to quit or reduce their smoking, while teenagers are less likely to become addicted.

The FDA noted that some of the biggest sellers, such as Juul, may have played a “disproportionate” role in the rise in vaping among teenagers. On Thursday, the agency said there was not enough evidence in Juul’s statement to show that marketing of its products is “fit to protect public health.”

Juul said he disagreed with the FDA’s findings and would seek to delay the ban while the company considers its options, including possible appeal and negotiations with regulators.

The FDA said in a statement that Juul’s filing left serious questions for regulators and did not provide enough information to assess any potential risks. The agency said the company’s research included “insufficient and conflicting data” about things like potentially harmful chemicals released from Juul cartridges.

“Without the data needed to determine the relevant health risks, the FDA issues these do not market orders.” This is stated in a statement by Michelle Mital, Acting Director of the FDA Tobacco Center.

Joe Murillo, Juul’s director of regulation, said in a company statement that Juul has provided sufficient information and data to resolve all issues raised by regulators. He noted that the company’s application, filed more than two years ago, included comparisons with combustible cigarettes and other products.

He said it also contained information about the potential harmful effects of the company’s products.

Since last fall, the FDA has given the go-ahead for tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes from RJ Reynolds, Logic, and others. But industry players and tobacco advocates complain that these products account for only a tiny percentage of the US $6 billion vaping market.

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