FDA now able to regulate e-cigarettes that use synthetic nicotine – What We Know!

FDA now able to regulate e-cigarettes that use synthetic nicotine

The Meals and Drug Administration (FDA) now has oversight to control e-cigarette merchandise from vaping firms working beneath a loophole that was closed by a brand new regulation.

The regulation, which took impact Thursday, provides the FDA authority to control e-cigarettes and different merchandise that use artificial nicotine, a transfer that targets vaping firms that use manufactured nicotine to avoid FDA regulation and promote the merchandise to youngsters.

“As I’ve stated earlier than, this regulation closes the ‘loophole’ some tobacco product producers have exploited to bypass FDA’s regulatory authority,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf wrote in a tweet. “We’ll maintain e-cigarette firms utilizing artificial nicotine to the identical public well being requirements we’ve carried out for different tobacco merchandise.”

The information comes after Congress handed a bipartisan provision final month that gave the FDA authority to control artificial nicotine merchandise.

The brand new regulation doesn’t ban e-cigarettes and different comparable merchandise however brings them beneath the identical stage of oversight as e-cigarettes that accommodates nicotine from tobacco. The regulation prohibits promoting the merchandise to individuals beneath the age of 21 and prohibits advertising them as modified threat tobacco merchandise with out the FDA’s authorization.

Though the FDA has cracked down on e-cigarettes in recent times via eradicating from the market disposable vape merchandise, refillable pods and flavored liquids, the now-closed loophole has allowed vaping firms like Puff Bar to proceed promoting merchandise with artificial nicotine to younger individuals.

The FDA ordered Puff Bar off the market in 2020, however the firm reemerged by pivoting to artificial nicotine merchandise, lots of which contained fruity flavors like Banana Ice and Blue Razz Lemonade that advocates have argued are aimed toward youngsters.

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