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.
"I use the word epidemic with great care", said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb.
But it's going to have to come, I think, going forward with some additional limitations on the availability and the types of products being marketed in order to stem what we're seeing as an epidemic of use among kids.
"E-cigs have become an nearly ubiquitous - and risky - trend among teens", the commissioner said in a statement. "We can not allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine", they said. "We fully support and advocate for both legislation prohibiting sales of vaping products to minors and the ongoing FDA enforcement action against retailers selling e-vapor and other tobacco products to minors", the company said. "If they fail to do so, or if the plans do not appropriately address this issue, the FDA will consider whether it would be appropriate to revisit the current policy that results in these products remaining on the market".
On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration threatened to remove some of the popular vaping products of five top-selling national brands from the market unless they submit plans to prevent minors from using their products.More news: Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Heads to Nintendo Switch in 2019
Most of the violations found in the undercover blitz, conducted from June through August, were for the illicit sale of Vuse, Blu, JUUL, MarkTen XL and Logic e-cigarette products, according to the FDA.
"Today we can see that this epidemic of addiction was emerging when we first announced our plan last summer", said Gottlieb.
A representative from Logic told UPI: "We have received the request for information from the FDA and will continue to work with the agency to show that Logic markets its products only to adults". "Hindsight, and the data that's now available to us, fully reveal these trends".
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.
The FDA said it was cracking down hard on sales of vaping products to teenagers and said it was reconsidering a grace period to allow makers to apply for FDA approval of their products. The agency will then determine whether the plans go far enough. However, a recent study in Pediatrics discovered that teens who smoked e-cigarettes had higher levels of cancer-causing chemicals in their bodies than non-smokers.More news: Hurricane Florence: Georgia Governor declares state of EMERGENCY for all 159 counties
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Although e-cigarettes can potentially help adults quit smoking regular cigarettes and other smoked tobacco products, the CDC warns they are not safe for youth, young adults, pregnant women or adults that don't use tobacco products.
"They come out with cherry flavored vodka and birthday cake flavored vodka".
Shortly after the launch, the FDA cracked down on e-liquids marketed to resemble kid-friendly foods like juice boxes, candy and cookies. As part of today's action, the agency sent an additional 12 warning letters to another 12 companies that continue to sell the products.
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