FDA Authorizes More E-Cigarette Products
Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
FRIDAY, March 25, 2022 (HealthDay News) — On Thursday, the U.S. The agency has yet to decide on the products of Juul Labs, which oversees 42 percent e-cigarette market.
“We know there is a demand among adult smokers for e-cigarettes to try and transition away from the more harmful burnt cigarettes, but millions of young people use these products and become addicted to nicotine,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf in his study. agency news release. “The agency’s professional scientists considered the balance of these issues when evaluating the potential marketing of e-cigarette products.”
Critics point out that the agency is long past a court-set deadline to decide which e-cigarettes can stay on the market, including those young people might like.
While the FDA has approved several of Logic’s tobacco-flavored products, it has denied some of its other products. It has yet to decide on other products, including those with menthol.
In its reasoning, the agency said the company’s tobacco-flavored products are likely to benefit adult smokers by providing an alternative to traditional cigarettes. In October, the FDA gave the green light to several tobacco-flavored products manufactured by RJ Reynolds.
The approval does not mean the products are safe or “FDA approved,” the agency stressed in its release. “All tobacco products are harmful and potentially addictive. Those who do not use tobacco products should not start.”
E-cigarettes have been available in the United States for years, but in 2020 the FDA asked companies to apply to keep their products on the market. In response to the lawsuit, the court gave the agency until last September to decide which products could still be sold. CNN reported.
Critics, concerned that candy, fruit, and mint-flavored e-cigarettes encourage young people to vape, say the FDA is acting too slowly. And they note that Logic products are not popular with young people.
“This is another small step where, unfortunately, our children who have become adults are becoming addicted to more and more of these products every day,” said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Children. CNN.
The group filed a lawsuit that resulted in a court-set deadline in September.
“Today’s decision to allow tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes that are not widely used by either adults or youth does not set a new precedent,” Myers said. “The most important decisions are still under review by the FDA.”
He pointed out that the FDA’s decisions concern products that account for only 25% to 30% of the total market.
Myers said his group had filed a petition with the court to intervene as more than six months had passed since the deadline.
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SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration press release, March 24, 2022; CNN