AAP: FDA crackdown on e-cigarette sales doesn’t go far enough
MelissaJenco, News Content Editor
AAP leaders say the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) new crackdown on e-cigarette
sales to teens doesn’t go far enough to protect youths.
The FDA announced Wednesday it has issued more than 1,300 warnings letters and fines to retailers selling e-cigarettes
to minors in what it called the “largest single enforcement action in agency history.”
It also is giving five of the largest manufacturers 60 days to come up with plans
to keep their products out of the hands of teens, a move the Academy disagrees with.
“The Academy urges the agency to use its existing authority to immediately regulate
all e-cigarettes,” AAP President Colleen A. Kraft, M.D., M.B.A., FAAP, said in a statement. “… If FDA continues to delay meaningful regulation, a generation of young people
will become addicted to these dangerous products, which are being marketed to them
in appealing, child-friendly flavors.”
Last year, more than 2 million middle and high school students were using e-cigarettes,
which contain nicotine that can harm developing brains and toxic chemicals that can
cause cancer. FDA officials say use among youths has become an epidemic.
While the Academy applauded the acknowledgement of teen e-cigarette use as an epidemic,
it took issue with the FDA’s reliance on manufacturers to stop it. The Academy also
has been critical of the FDA’s 2017 decision to extend the deadline for e-cigarette
manufacturers to submit product information until 2022. In March, the Academy and other health groups sued the FDA saying it is putting children at risk by allowing the e-cigarettes to stay on the
market while they await a review.
“FDA has the ability today to do what tobacco companies can’t and won’t do: take effective
steps to reduce and eliminate youth use of e-cigarettes,” Dr. Kraft said.