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FDA To Grill Walgreens Over ‘Disturbing’ Vape and Tobacco Violations

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is fuming over “disturbingly” high rates of vape product and tobacco sales at Walgreens drugstores and is demanding an unusual in-person meeting the company’s corporate leaders to discuss the problem. According to the FDA, Walgreens is one of the top violators in the nation when it comes to selling vape and tobacco products to underage kids in violation of federal law. Dr. Gottlieb indicated in a March 4 statement that violators like Walgreens are responsible for the soaring rates of nicotine addiction among U.S. teens and children, which have reached epidemic ... Read More

Will Gottlieb’s Resignation from FDA Jeopardize Vaping Regulations?

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) chief Scott Gottlieb, whose leadership has been dominated in recent months by a crusade against the vape and tobacco industries, told his staff on Tuesday that he will resign in April. The surprise announcement casts a shadow over the bold initiatives Dr. Gottlieb spearheaded to combat the opioid addiction and youth vaping epidemics, both of which gripped the nation largely because of aggressive and sometimes illegal marketing and sales efforts by manufacturers. His bold efforts to beat back youth vaping and tobacco use have rankled many industry officials and Republican lawmakers, who have criticized ... Read More

Rise In Movies Depicting Smoking Alarms Health Advocates

The number of scenes showing tobacco use in top-grossing U.S. movies grew 80 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to a new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, prompting medical professionals and health advocates to push for revisions in the film rating system. Based on previous studies, the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded there are real links between depictions of smoking in blockbuster films and the initiation of smoking among children and teens. According to researchers, the more youths see smoking on screen, the more likely they are to start smoking, and youths who are heavily exposed to ... Read More

E-Cigarette Use Tied to Heavy and Frequent Tobacco Use Among Teens

New research indicates that teens who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to become heavy and frequent smokers of traditional cigarettes. Students at 10 Los Angeles County public schools were surveyed, and the results were surprising. The survey found that teens who regularly vape are more than twice as likely to pick up smoking traditional cigarettes on a weekly basis. The findings also showed double likelihood that the teens would smoke more cigarettes on days when they do smoke as a result of vaping. “The more you vape, the more likely in the future you’re going to be smoking (cigarettes). You’re going to ... Read More

Teen e-cigarette use soars amid increased spending on e-cigarette ads

Although tobacco use among teens has declined, two recent studies indicate alarming trends in the use of e-cigarettes among middle and high school students. Experts warn that e-cigarettes are toxic for young people. Results from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study released this year found that teen e-cigarette use soared. E-cigarette use increased by nearly 89 percent for high school students and by nearly 85 percent for middle school students between 2011 and 2014. The CDC study also revealed spending on e-cigarette advertising increased by $108 million more in 2014 than in 2011. It noted that more ... Read More

FDA Issues Warning Letter for Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first warning letters last week to 55 tobacco retailers for selling e-cigarettes, e-liquids and cigars, which are newly regulated, to minors. The new regulations enforced last month make it illegal to sell e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah tobacco to anyone younger than 18, either in person or online. The restrictions also include the requirement to check the photo ID of anyone younger than 27. When the FDA moved forward with compliance checks, targeting major national retail chains, they found that even after the new regulations were enacted, minors were still able to purchase the tobacco products, ... Read More

Vaping Leads To Regular Smoking For Many Teens, Study Finds

Teenagers who vape are six times more likely to take up smoking cigarettes and other conventional tobacco products, according to a new University of Southern California study. The USC researchers published their findings in the journal Pediatrics, raising a red flag about the perceived effectiveness of vaping nicotine in serving as a safer alternative to cigarette smoking. “We’re concerned that kids who experiment with [vaping] may be moving on to other types of tobacco products, like combustible cigarettes, which are arguably a lot more dangerous,” said researcher and lead author Jessica Barrington-Trimis. The study looked at about 300 Southern California high ... Read More

FDA launches online tool to report problems with E-Cigarettes, Vape Products, Hookah, Cigarettes or Tobacco

For anyone that has experienced an issue with e-cigarettes, regular cigarettes or cigars, hookahs and smokeless products, there is a new way to report the problem to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) – by using a handy online tool. A first indication that a tobacco/nicotine product is defective is if it has a strange taste or smell. Any changes in health or breathing may indicate an unexpected health problem. These are all things that the FDA encourages anyone to report using The Department of Health and Human Services online safety reporting portal. Recent tests have suggested that vaping products contain diacetyl and 2,3 pentanedione (a ... Read More

Vape maker sues FDA over new regulations

Nicopure Labs LLC, a Florida manufacturer of vape products and e-liquids, is suing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), alleging the agency is unlawfully exceeding its regulatory reach with a new rule expanding its authority to regulate the vaping market and all tobacco products. Nicopure’s complaint comes less than a week after the FDA published the final tobacco rule May 5. The rule requires manufacturers to show the FDA that products introduced since the last tobacco rules were updated in 2007 meet federal health standards. All vaping products, including e-juice, all fall into this category. Any new products must submit ... Read More

FDA Set To Regulate Vaping Industry With New Rules

The federal government announced sweeping new regulations for vaping products Thursday, making them subject to the same regulations as cigarettes and other tobacco products, including banning their sale to minors, who have come to make up a giant part of the vaping customer base. Under the new rule, vape manufacturers and tobacco companies would have to submit products that have escaped federal safety oversight since February 2007 to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for review. Feb. 15, 2007, was the final date that tobacco products would be grandfathered in by the Tobacco Control Act of 2009. The new rules ... Read More