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



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.

“We don’t yet fully understand why these products are so popular among youth. But it’s imperative that we figure it out, and fast. These documents may help us get there,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a written statement. In May, the FDA demanded similar recordsfrom other e-cigarette manufacturers, including J Well, YGT Investment, 7 Daze, Liquid Filling Solutions and SVR.

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