There are no FDA-approved nicotine cessation products for e-cigarette
users under 18.
“A few years ago, it would’ve been incredible to me that we would be here today discussing the potential for drug therapy to help addicted young people quit,” said FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who commented on the importance of continuing key FDA operations, such as Friday’s hearing, despite the partial lapse in funding due to the federal government shutdown.
The agency announced in November that vaping had increased nearly 80% among high schoolers and 50% among middle schoolers since the year before. Experts worry that the devices could put kids’ developing brains at risk, get them hooked on nicotine early in life and be a gateway to smoking and other drugs. But, the long-term effects aren’t clear.
“The FDA has concluded that the level of addiction it is seeing among youthful e-cigarette users is so disturbing and so unprecedented that it needs to at least ask whether we need a solution that goes beyond what we ever did with cigarettes,” Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, previously told CNN.