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The reckoning has begun for the e-cigarette and vaping trade. Following more and more pressing experiences of an epidemic of youth vaping and a whole bunch of instances of mysterious lung diseases—and, now, six deaths—allegedly linked to such merchandise, the Trump administration is shifting to ban flavored e-cigarettes from the market altogether.
“The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply regarding epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that’s impacting youngsters, households, colleges and communities,” mentioned Well being and Human Companies (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar in an announcement on the Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) web site. “We is not going to stand idly by as these merchandise grow to be an on-ramp to flamable cigarettes or nicotine dependancy for a technology of youth.”
This story has escalated quickly. Whereas the Obama-era Tobacco Management Act of 2009 gave the FDA much more authority to manage tobacco merchandise like typical cigarettes, e-cigs weren’t added to the company’s purview till 2016. By then, the youth vaping pattern had already begun to speed up—and, now, Azar states an estimated 5 million American college youngsters vaped prior to now 12 months.
(Anecdotally, I’ve heard from numerous college lecturers that youngsters as younger as 12 or 13 have overtly vaped of their lecture rooms, and that directors have needed to develop new protocols to stop on-campus vaping.)
So what comes subsequent? First, the FDA will launch its official steering and rulemaking over the following a number of weeks. That is anticipated to incorporate necessities that any flavored vaping merchandise, or those who aren’t particularly “tobacco” flavored, must yank such merchandise from the market inside 30 days. Firms that take offense must justify remaining in shops by exhibiting their merchandise are extra helpful than dangerous (a declare that Juul has beforehand made, a lot to the FDA’s chagrin).
There may be, in fact, additionally the specter of litigation. There are actually a number of lawsuits, together with no less than deliberate class-actions, towards Juul over well being and security considerations and advertising allegedly focusing on teenagers.
Far more on this quickly.
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Sy Mukherjee, @the_sy_guy, firstname.lastname@example.org
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