Future of e-cigarettes in doubt after FDA statement

Right now, the future of e-cigarettes could be in jeopardy after a statement by the commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration.

The FDA is considering pulling e-cigs and vape pens off store shelves unless vape use among the youth go down.

At a public hearing Friday in Silver Spring, Md., FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said he could see the entire category of e-cigarette and vaping products removed from store shelves if those companies don’t stop marketing to teenagers.

According to political newspaper The Hill , Gottlieb pointed to data showing youth vaping rates had nearly doubled over the last year due to the increased availability and convenience of e-cigarette products.

According to the FDA, e-cigarette use spiked 78 percent among high school students and 48 percent among middle school students over the last year. About 1.5 million young people took up the habit from 2017 to 2018.

The minimum age to buy e-cigarettes in Florida is 18-years-old.

JUUL, one of the most popular brands among teens, has promised to roll out an action plan with the FDA to help stop underage vaping and cut back on youth e-cigarette use in 2019.

On their website, JUUL states, “We have pledged $30 million over the next three years to independent research, youth and parent education and community engagement…we market our products responsibly, following strict guidelines to have material directed toward adult smokers and not to youth audiences.”

Read more at https://www.wptv.com

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