Senators Pressure FDA for Vape Industry Review

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is spearheading a team of 14 pushing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rethink their notion of delaying a vape industry review, according to a June 28 report by wandtv.com.

Among the senators’ major concerns are certain vape products, such as the JUUL e-cigarette flavors. The senators indicate the “candy” flavors, like cotton candy, appeal to youth. Citing a rising trend, the politicians are eager to see if more FDA oversight is needed. From 2011-15, the use of e-cigarettes among high school students rose from 1.5 percent to 16 percent, wandtv.com reported.

Durbin’s team demanded the FDA to take action against the candy and fruit e-flavors. In a public letter to the FDA, the senators outlined their questions. The FDA’s deadline to respond is July 20.

Here are some highlights of the letter:

·        Prior to Aug. 8, 2016, through the FDA’s policy announcement during July 2017, does the agency have a comprehensive list of products and devices that were regulated and on the market?

·        How many FDA regulations were enacted for new devices appearing on the market prior to Aug. 8, 2016? Are all the companies going through FDA review and does it have a list of companies who have violated regulations?

·        Specifically, did JUUL’s mango flavor, which the senators suggested was “incredibly popular with children,” slip by FDA review when it entered the market during 2017?

·        What is the FDA’s plan to identify products that came on the market after Aug. 8, 2016, and without an FDA-mandated marketing order?

·        The FDA released on March 21, an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) for industry regulation, especially the issues “regarding the popularity of these products with children. Has FDA ever advanced a tobacco-related ANPRM through to a final rule?” according to the senators’ letter.

No matter what the outcome, one thing is clear — the FDA is going to be conducting a thorough and serious vape industry review in the coming months. With pressure mounting to ban flavors, we must be prepared to fight to save the industry.

Want to know how you can fight back against unfair regulations? Check out this post with a list of groups you can join to protect your rights.