Authors: Robert Preidt and Robin Foster
Health Day Reporter
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (Health Day News)-The US Food and Drug Administration announced the first authorization on Tuesday e-cigarette.
“Today’s authorization is an important step in ensuring that all new tobacco products pass the FDA’s robust and scientific pre-market evaluation. Manufacturer’s data shows that their tobacco-flavored products can benefit addicted adult smokers who switch to these products—whether they are completely Or significantly reduce the US Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Center Director Mitch Zeller said at the agency’s press conference to reduce cigarette consumption by reducing their exposure to harmful chemicals.
The FDA added that it has denied the company’s license to sell 10 condiments. e-cigarette Products, but did not say what they are. These three licensed products are unlikely to appeal to children and adolescents. Although these products are now available for sale in the United States, the FDA emphasizes that they are neither safe nor “FDA approved” and that non-smokers should not use them.
“We must be vigilant about this authorization. We will monitor the marketing of the product, including whether the company has failed to comply with any regulatory requirements, or whether there is reliable evidence that individuals (including teenagers) who have not previously used tobacco products have used them in large quantities,” Zeller Added. “We will take action as appropriate, including revocation of authorization.”
But anti-smoking advocates don’t believe it.
“Although the FDA’s rejection of the application for 10 flavors of Vuse e-cigarettes is a positive step, it is worrying that a product with a nicotine concentration three times that allowed by Canadian, British and European laws was approved. With this level Vuse product nicotine puts young people in our country at excessive risk addiction,” said Matthew Myers, chairman of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Children in a statement. statement.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognizes youth problems e-cigarette In its statement.
“The FDA knows that the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS) found that about 10% of high school students currently using e-cigarettes use Vuse as their common brand. The agency takes these data very seriously and considers the risks to young people in the review These products,” the agency said.
However, “the evidence also shows that compared with non-tobacco flavor users, [vaping] Products, young people are unlikely to start using tobacco flavor [vaping] Products, and then switch to high-risk products, such as burning cigarettes,” the FDA added. “The data also shows that most young people and young people who use cigarettes [vaping] Start with flavors such as fruit, candy or mint, not tobacco. These data strengthen the FDA’s decision to approve tobacco-flavored products because these products are less attractive to young people, and approval of these products may be beneficial to adult smokers who switch to cigarettes altogether. [vaping] Or significantly reduce their cigarette consumption. “
The FDA also pointed out that it has imposed advertising restrictions on Vuse products to minimize exposure to young people.
Nevertheless, the U.S. government has little supervision or research on e-cigarettes, even though they have existed in the country for more than ten years. Associated Press Report.
The FDA is facing a deadline for the court to regulate products and has been conducting extensive reviews to determine which products should be allowed to remain on the market.
In September, the agency stated that it had rejected applications for more than 1 million e-cigarettes and related products, mainly because they might attract young people, Associated Press Report.
Decisions on the products of most major e-cigarette products, including Juul, are still awaiting.
The most popular brand among teenagers is a disposable e-cigarette called Puff Bar, which comes in pink lemonade, strawberry and mango flavors. Associated Press Report. Disposable e-cigarettes are not subject to the strict taste restrictions of Juul and other products.
Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to learn more about The harm of e-cigarettes.
source: Associated Press, October 13, 2021, press release, U.S. Food and Drug Administration