Written by Robert Pride and Robin Foster
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its first permit on Tuesday e-cigarette.
“Today’s permits are an important step in ensuring that all new tobacco products pass a robust FDA scientific assessment. These manufacturers demonstrate that their tobacco-flavored products can benefit adult smokers who switch to these products — either completely or with significant by reducing cigarette consumption – by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals, ”Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, said in a press release.
The FDA added that it has denied the company sales of 10 flavored flavors vaping products but did not say what it is. Three authorized products are less likely to appeal to children and teens. While the products can now be sold in the United States, the FDA has stressed that they are not safe and not “FDA approved” and that non-smokers should not use them.
“We must remain vigilant with this permission, and we will monitor the sale of products, including if the company does not comply with any regulatory requirements, or if there is evidence of significant use by persons who have not previously used tobacco products, including number of young people, “Zeller added. “We will take appropriate action, including revoking the permit.”
But anti-smoking supporters were not convinced.
“While it is a positive step that the FDA has rejected applications for 10 Vuse flavored e-cigarettes, it is a matter of concern that a product in which the nicotine concentration is three times higher than allowed in Canada, the UK and Europe. Nicotine leaves our nation’s youth at risk dependence“, said Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Children Without Tobacco statement.
The FDA has recognized the problem of adolescents vaping in his statement.
“The FDA knows that the 2021 National Tobacco Youth Survey (NYTS) found that about 10 percent of high school students who currently use e-cigarettes called Vuse as a regular brand. The agency takes these data very seriously and considers the risks to youth. . these products, “- said in the department.
But “the evidence also shows that compared to flavor users without tobacco [vaping] products, young people are less likely to start using tobacco flavoring [vaping] products and then switch to higher-risk products, such as burnt cigarettes, “the FDA added.” The data also show that most youth and young people apply [vaping] start with flavors such as fruit, candy or mint, not tobacco flavorings. These data support the FDA’s decision to allow tobacco-flavored products because these products are less appealing to young people, and the approval of these products may be beneficial for adult smoked cigarettes that are completely switched to [vaping] or significantly reduce cigarette consumption ”.
The FDA also noted that it has imposed restrictions on advertising Vuse products to minimize exposure to youth.
However, minimal U.S. government control or research on e-cigarettes, although they have been available in the country for more than a decade, Associated Press reported.
The FDA is facing a court deadline to regulate products, and it is conducting an extensive review to decide which ones it should allow to remain in the market.
In September, the agency said it had rejected applications for more than 1 million e-cigarettes and related products, mainly because they might appeal to teenagers. AP reported.
Decisions on products from most major vaping products, including those from Juul, are still pending.
The most popular brand among teens is a disposable e-cigarette called Puff Bar, which is available in flavors such as pink lemonade, strawberry and mango. AP reported. Disposable e-cigarettes do not fall under the severe taste restrictions of products such as Juul.
Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to learn more about danger of vaping.
SOURCE: Associated Press, October 13, 2021, press release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration