A Quarter Million Fake Anti-Vaping Comments Flood FDA, Group Asserts

From: Vape News

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Regulator Watch released this video announcing over 255,000 fake anti-vaping comments have flooded the Regulations.Gov website. The target is specifically directed at the Regulation of Flavors in Tobacco Products. The Canadian News source states the spammed comments nearly brought down federal servers and bogged down the internal network, making it nearly impossible to process any submissions.

The bot attack began on June 8th and ran until June 11th. During this time frame, 255,000 fake comments were made before staff could isolate the incident from offending IP addresses and cease the flow. The comments are under investigation by the FDA. A decision is pending on whether or not to accept or reject the comments.

The FDA Wrongly Blames E-Cig Companies for Teen Vaping

From: Vaping Post

A renowned tobacco harm reduction expert, pointed out that while the FDA is blaming vaping businesses for an alleged rise in teen vaping, the agency is failing to take into account research indicating that most teens obtain their devices from social sources.

FDA playing catch-up as JUUL and imitators give nicotine jolt to e-cig business

From: Salon

Adolescents who are heavy users of e-cigarettes risk becoming addicted to the nicotine

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In April, the FDA announced an undercover operation cracking down on retailers that sell JUUL products to minors. The agency also demanded that JUUL Labs, the San Francisco-based company that markets the JUUL device, turn over documents related to its marketing practices and research, including information on the health effects of its products.

FDA chief to tobacco firms: ‘Step up soon’ on underage vaping

From: Bloomberg via Press Herald

His comments are the agency’s latest effort to crack down on companies that are producing e-cigarettes and selling them to minors.

Tobacco companies need to step up efforts to stop kids from vaping, according to a warning from U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb.

The comments are the latest in a series of FDA efforts to crack down on companies that are producing e-cigarettes and selling them to minors. E-cigs like the products made by Juul Labs Inc. are the newest craze in underage tobacco use as youth smoking rates of combustible cigarettes hover around historic lows.

Heat-not-burn IQOS sells 1.9 million

From: Korea Joongang Daily
Philip Morris Korea celebrates IQOS first anniversary at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seoul Wednesday. [YONHAP]

In its first year on the market, the heat-not-burn cigarette IQOS sold 1.9 million devices and became one of the top five cigarette brands in the country, Philip Morris Korea said Wednesday.

“Only nine months after its release, IQOS achieved 7.3 percent market share for cigarettes,” said Philip Morris Korea CEO Chong Il-woo at a ceremony held in central Seoul to celebrate the brand’s first anniversary.

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