Vapor crackdown coming soon for teen sales

Vapor crackdown coming soon for teen sales

April 23, 2018

The US Food and Drug Administration will step up its crackdown on electronic cigarette sales to teens, according to a story by Robert King for the Washington Examiner quoting the head of the agency.

Lawmakers on a House Appropriations subcommittee were said to have grilled FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about ‘excessive’ use of e-cigarettes among young people.

The FDA has the authority ‘to go after’ e-cigarette makers and retailers if they violate a ban on sales to people under 18, but lawmakers questioned if the agency was doing enough.provari

“I am concerned that FDA’s silence on e-cigarettes could open the door to the next public health emergency,” said Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.

Gottlieb replied that the FDA would crack down on young people’s use of e-cigarettes in the coming weeks.

The agency has several avenues for targeting retailers that are selling to minors. Those include a warning letter, massive fines, or banning the retailer from selling any tobacco or e-cigarettes.

Gottlieb said e-cigarettes could offer fewer health risks than traditional cigarettes, but the soaring use among minors was worrisome. A recent study had found that e-cigarette use grew by 900 percent among high school students from 2011 to 2015 [there was no mention of the level of use in 2011].

“We can’t just addict a whole generation of young people onto nicotine,” Gottlieb reportedly said.

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