Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is prepping the final policy on vaping products such as e-liquids in the coming week. The acting FDA official Dr. Ned Sharpless said that the officials should have acted sooner to avoid the current crises we are facing due to vaping-related illnesses.
Replying to the questions that were asked at a House subcommittee hearing last week, Sharpless seemed confident about the agency catching up. “We should have begun regulating these devices sooner,” he said. “But we’re going to catch up.”
The FDA compliance policy would restrict flavored products, excluding tobacco to be excised from the market, and pass through a pre-market authorization process before hitting the store shelves.
Sharpless says in his testimony, “This policy would prioritize FDA’s enforcement of premarket authorization requirements for non-tobacco flavors. FDA intends to enforce an existing law that limits the marketing of such products.”
A company can prove that its product meets the standard set forth by Congress through an application for the FDA to authorize that specific ENDS product for sale, he added.
Nationwide flavor ban can be granted soon
Ned Sharpless, acting Food and Drug Administration commissioner and Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services met with President Trump to discuss restrictions possible regarding e-cigarettes earlier this month. The matter came into consideration after the current teen vaping epidemic and the recent outbreak of lung disease related to vape.
One of the constraints being proposed is a ban on vaping products across the country, with Trump confirming the same at an oval office meeting that took place at White House.
Azar said, “The Trump Administration is making it clear that we intend to clear the market of flavored e-cigarettes to reverse the deeply concerning epidemic of youth e-cigarette use that is impacting children, families, schools, and communities. We will not stand idly by as these products become an on-ramp to combustible cigarettes or nicotine addiction for a generation of youth.”
Helping smokers to quit traditional tobacco smoking with flavors
While several studies have proven that flavors are one of the important reasons that encourage smokers to switch to a safer alternative (which happens to be e-cigarettes), a total ban on flavors would cause more harm than benefits to the overall public health.
In response to this action, a petition requesting Trump to reconsider the ban on flavor has been launched.
“Vaping has saved millions of people lives with flavors being one of the major reasons due to their sweet flavors. We the people know that legal vape products that have been regulated are 95% safer than traditional cigarettes. Bans and prohibition have never worked, whether it is with cannabis or alcohol or drugs.”
What do you think about the ban on vaping across the nation? If not vaping, what in your opinion could be a good alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.