Sumary of FDA Bans Sale of Nearly a Million E-Cigarettes; Allows Juul to Remain on Market:
- 10, 2021 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced that it had rejected the applications of nearly a million electronic cigarettes and related products.
- But it also delayed a decision on the fate of the leading vape product brand, Juul, drawing an outcry from anti-vaping groups.
- Juul products will remain on the market for now, more than 10 years after e-cigarettes first began selling in the United States, while the FDA defers its decision to an unspecified later time.
- “There’s more work to be done to complete our remaining reviews and ensure that we continue taking appropriate action to protect our nation’s youth from the dangers of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes,” the FDA said in a statement, according to an Associated Press report.
- Efforts to vet the products had previously been slowed by industry lobbying and competing political interests, the AP reports.
- Matthew Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, applauded the FDA’s move to deny marketing for new brands of flavored e-cigarettes as a “significant step in the right direction.
- “It would be particularly harmful for the FDA to authorize the continued sale of Juul’s menthol e-cigarettes given the fact that Juul was the main cause of the youth e-cigarette epidemic with its appealing flavors, massive doses of nicotine and slick, youth-oriented marketing campaigns,” Myers said in a statement.
- “The Juul products pending before the FDA put kids doubly at risk.