Feds, state officials go after vaping products – Jackson Clarion Ledger

Bill Moak, Consumer Watch Published 11:00 a.m. CT Oct. 12, 2018


Teen vaping is reaching epidemic levels and FDA is considering regulation to curb it. One proposal would be banning flavoring of e-cigarette liquids. USA TODAY

In this April 23, 2014, file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago.(Photo: AP)

After the Food and Drug Administration’s recent surprise raid of the San Francisco headquarters of a major supplier of e-cigarette products, the agency announced a more-aggressive push to go after companies that market and sell e-cigarettes to minors. The move is part of a nationwide response to what’s being called an epidemic of e-cigarette use among teens.

FDA investigators showed up unannounced at JUUL’s headquarters at the end of September, seizing more than 1,000 pages of documents that they hope will shed some light on the company’s sales and marketing practices toward underage users. JUUL announced it had already turned over more than 50,000 pages of documents to the FDA, and is cooperating with investigators. Other top e-cigarette companies, including Vuse, Blu, MarkTen XL and Logic also received FDA warnings.

Sales of JUUL, a battery-operated e-cigarette shaped like a USB flash drive, have skyrocketed more than seven-fold in the past two years, and dominates the U.S. e-cigarette (vaping) market, according to findings released recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The products come in a variety of flavors and colors,

The feds have reportedly targeted JUUL because its products contain the highest nicotine content of any e-cigarette products on the market. The CDC noted that nicotine is highly addictive and can harm a child’s brain development, which continues into the mid-20s. The FDA

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