Supermarkets cited in crackdown on e-cigarettes

Supermarkets cited in crackdown on e-cigarettes

During the 60-day waiting period, the FDA plans to investigate the five companies' marketing and sales practices, with possible "boots on the ground inspections", Gottlieb said.

"This is potentially the most important step FDA has taken to curtail youth use of e-cigarettes", said the group's president, Matthew Myers. The agency may also ban sales of some flavored e-cigarette products, which Gottlieb says are particularly appealing to underage users, and consider shortening a grace period that now gives e-cigarette companies until 2022 to apply for FDA approval.

The vast majority of the manufacturer offenders are Vuse, Blu, JUUL, MarkTen XL and Logic, the FDA said. "These products are new and there are other chemicals in the electronic products you are inhaling and putting in your lungs and with these products there are concerns that it could damage your DNA, may lead to respiratory cancers after using these products for years and years", Delaney said. British American, which produces Camel cigarettes, climbed as much as 6.4 percent in London, the biggest intraday increase in 10 years.

"Far too many teens are being introduced at an early age to e-cigarettes", said Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius in the release. Those products could include e-cigarettes, though the FDA has not given any company permission to advertise its device as a quit-smoking aid.

"This public campaign will bring these public health messages to online sites that we know teenagers access, and even to high school bathrooms", Gottlieb said. He declined to disclose the evidence. More than 2 million middle-school and high-school students used e-cigarettes in 2017.

However, he added: "The youth risk is paramount".

Produced by San Francisco-based Juul Labs Inc., Juul devices resemble a USB thumb drive and have become popular among students. Juul, a private company, represents 72 percent of sales, according to Nielsen data compiled by Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie.

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"I believe certain flavors are one of the principal drivers of the youth appeal of these products". And it highlighted e-cigarettes' role as a way for adult smokers to transition off cigarettes. "By working together, we believe we can help adult smokers while preventing access to minors, and we will continue to engage with the FDA to fulfill our mission".

Now, Gottlieb is coordinating the largest scale initiative to enforce regulations against selling e-cigarettes to-date.

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

However, he seemed reluctant to give up on flavored nicotine, because he said it appeals to adult cigarette smokers.

Gottlieb used "enforcement discretion" to extend the deadline for e-cigarette makers' marketing applications until 2022, saying both the agency and the industry needed more time to prepare. The agency had for decades had no power to regulate cigarettes or other tobacco products, but Congress passed a law in 2009 giving FDA limited power to do so.

In its enforcement action, the FDA recently sent nearly 1,200 letters to brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers warning them that they could face penalties for allegedly selling e-cigarettes to people under 18. The FDA claims that more than 2 million middle schoolers and high school students were regularly vaping past year, with underage use reaching "an epidemic proportion".

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