Safer vaping devices are being produced.
But thanks to a certain federal agency, don’t look for any in the U.S. for a while.
Canadians will soon be able to purchase products designed to halt pocket explosions and fires, but Americans will need to wait, according to nbcnews.com.
Joyetech’s redesigned device – eGo AiO – has been approved by UL, a Northbrook, Ill. based safety consulting and certification association which recently developed its own e-cigarette safety system. It could be on Canuck store shelves before Christmas.
After a series of exploding batteries caused fires in the pockets of vapers over the past few years, a call has been made to add industry safety measures. Industry officials claim to be listening – and are taking action.
Just north of the border.
Industry officials suggest the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took steps to block the domestic development of safer vaping devices, nbcnews.com reported.
“They have locked us into antiquated technologies,” Vapor Technology Association Executive Director Tony Abboud said. “The U.S. government is suppressing innovation in a way that can only harm consumers going forward.”
Joyetech Chief Regulatory and Compliance Officer Joshua Church said the company will continue to spearhead safety issues within the industry.
“We did this (UL certification) to protect American consumers, but we can’t sell directly to them,” Church told nbcnews.com. “We’ve been frozen out of the U.S. market by the FDA whose last concern is product innovation. So, we’re sitting here stuck in the water.”
FDA Press Officer Michael Felberbaum attempted to defend the agency’s position to nbcnews.com by pointing out the public workshops it has staged to educate consumers about potential dangers.
“The FDA shares concerns about adverse effects associated with the use of e-cigarettes, such as overheating and exploding batteries,” Felberbaum said. “And the agency has taken several steps to address the issues.”
The FDA needs to take one more step. If there is technology that could prevent future injury, then they should be allowed on U.S. shelves.
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