What's the Current Regulatory Environment for These Products?
The FDA is struggling with the issue of how to best regulate an e-cigarette industry that is currently a virtual Wild West.
The FDA only began regulating e-cigarettes as tobacco products in 2016. An order that e-cigarette companies must submit a costly premarket tobacco application to keep them on market was pushed back to 2022, eliciting protest from several professional medical societies.
The FDA has recently taken a more aggressive approach with the producers of e-cigarette products whom they accuse of marketing to children and teens. In a self-described "undercover blitz," the agency targeted online and retail stores and warned 13 companies whose products used "kid-friendly" packaging that could easily be mistaken for candy or juice. Around the same time, 11 US senators issued a letter of warning to the makers of Juul for their perceived marketing to children, and urged the FDA to take action.
In practice, regulation may have an impact. States known to have more robust tobacco control policies (eg, taxes on cigarettes, laws against open-air smoking) are also the ones with the lowest rates of e-cigarette users.
If e-cigarette trends continue in the way they have been going in adolescents, the FDA may need to wade deeper into this industry still.
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