FDA says teen vaping is an epidemic, local school district weighs in

FDA says teen vaping is an epidemic, local school district weighs in

Beyond that, vaping research and development is actually costing tobacco companies as they attempt to gain market share in the burgeoning industry, Lavery said.

"I have grown increasingly concerned around what we see as rising youth use in these products, and I'm disappointed in the actions the companies have taken to try to address this", Gottlieb said at a press briefing.

He said the FDA move could "represent a fundamental turning point" if the agency requires "all of these products undergo premarket review now, not four years from now".

Millennials and hipsters beware, big government wants to come for your e-cigarettes if teenagers do not stop using them. JUUL alone has more than 70% of e-cigarette sales in the USA according to recent Nielsen data. "It's now clear to me, that in closing the on-ramp to kids, we're going to have to narrow the off-ramp for adults who want to migrate off combustible tobacco and onto e-cigs".

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

The FDA sent 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers in "a large-scale, undercover nationwide blitz to crack down on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors". The company has more than two-thirds of the US e-cigarette market, according to Nielsen data.

The agency's latest action follows a sting operation in the spring that targeted businesses selling JUUL brand e-cigarette products to minors, which resulted in more than 60 warning letters and fines. Several of the retailers also were cited for illegally selling the products to minors. Now the FDA has conducted 978,290 retail inspections, issued 77,180 warning letters to retailers for violating the law and initiated approximately 18,560 civil money penalty cases, as of September 1, 2018.

"Kids should not smoke or use any tobacco products".

"Tooday, we can see that this epidemic of addiction was emerging when we first announced our plan last summer", Gottlieb said.

"Unfortunately, I now have good reason to believe that it's reached nothing short of an epidemic proportion of growth", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottleib said in a briefing.

Also, the agency is probing manufacturer's online shops for "straw" purchases in which buyers resell products to minors. If the blueprints don't promise to "substantially reverse" the youth-use trend, Gottlieb said the agency will consider steps that could lead to the temporary or permanent removal of flavored products from the market.

'We won't allow the current trends in youth access and use to continue, even if it means putting limits in place that reduce adult uptake of these products, ' Gottlieb said. Altria Group Inc. and British American Tobacco Plc had the biggest one-day percentage gain in about a decade. Ingredients also include glycerol, propylene glycol, natural oils, extracts and flavor and benzoic acid.

Juul really has no choice but to cooperate, with the company reportedly holding 72% of the market which is worth an estimated $2.3 billion.

"JUUL Labs will work proactively with FDA in response to its request", a company spokesperson told Business Insider in an email statement. Under the circumstances, that makes the rise in e-cigarette use by teens a legitimate "epidemic", which is exactly how the FDA is describing it. They're generally considered a less risky alternative to regular cigarettes. Appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch.

Gottlieb noted that the FDA continues to support the availability of products to help adult smokers quit, but 'that work can't come at the expense of kids, ' he said.

"We're especially focused on the flavored e-cigarettes", said Gottlieb. Youth tobacco prevention is a priority for our companies.

The FDA order gives the handful of manufacturers 60 days to respond.

And vaping products, including Juul and other brands, use fruity and candy-like flavors to attract users.