Publicado: Vie, Setiembre 14, 2018
Salud | Por Gertrudes Rodriquez

FDA takes action against e-cigarette epidemic among youth

FDA takes action against e-cigarette epidemic among youth

U.S. regulators said Wednesday they are considering an immediate ban on flavored e-cigarettes, as the Food and Drug Administration chief warned of an "epidemic" of vaping among youths.

In a speech at FDA headquarters, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency would also revisit its compliance policy that extended the dates for manufacturers of flavored e-cigarettes to submit applications for premarket authorization.

On the other side of the public health ledger, there is little reason to think that restricting information about ENDS, making them less cool, or banning e-liquid flavors would reduce morbidity and mortality among today's adolescents, either now or in the future.

Five of the biggest e-cigarette manufacturers - JUUL, Vuse, MarkTen, blu e-cigs, and Logic - must also report to the agency within 60 days with plans to address the concerns, or face penalties, it said.

In the US, about 12 percent of high school students use e-cigarettes at least once a month, the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection estimated in 2017.

Investors in Juul's competitors appeared to welcome the FDA announcement. "As health professionals, we strongly believe that access to nicotine products, and that advertising of nicotine products that appeals to teens, should be restricted to minimize youth exposure".

"Our mission is to improve the lives of adult smokers by providing them with a true alternative to combustible cigarettes". Former smokers who vape may return to traditional cigarettes if flavored e-cigarettes are no longer available.

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MarkTen's flavors, for example, include "menthol", "classic", and "summer blend", while Juul's flavors have included "fruit medley" and "creme brulee", recently shortened to "fruit" and "creme". As part of today's action, the agency sent an additional 12 warning letters to another 12 companies that continue to sell the products.

"I'll be clear. The FDA won't tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products", Gottlieb said.

"JUUL Labs will work proactively with FDA in response to its request. Appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch", Burns said in a statement. Despite the constant warnings that increased experimentation with e-cigarettes would lead to more smoking, consumption of conventional cigarettes by teenagers stubbornly continues to decline, reaching a record low past year in the Monitoring the Future Study, which began in 1975.

Almost all e-cigarettes contain nicotine, and research shows that young adults who smoke or who use e-cigarettes are much more likely to binge drink than nonsmokers, the health department said.

Gottlieb said the FDA recognized the impact this might have on adults trying to stop smoking, but said that emerging research on how flavored products encourage excessive use by young people shows action must be taken. "We need to do everything we can to address this escalating risk of addiction for youth, but we can't do this alone".

Logic Technology Development, owned by Japan Tobacco Inc, said it will demonstrate to the FDA "that Logic markets its products only to adults".

A nationwide sting operation from June through August resulted in more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who sold Juul products and other e-cigarettes to kids. Youth tobacco prevention is a priority for our companies.

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