Last week, dozens of United States Congress members demanded that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) strip flavored vaping products from the market by halting a long-awaited federal product review process.

In March 23 letter to acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock and director of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products director Mitch Zeller, the representatives wrote that “flavored e-cigarettes are putting a new generation of kids at risk of nicotine addiction and the serious health harms that result from tobacco use.”

“And these products are widely available and popular with kids,” the letter continues. “Unfortunately, the vast majority of these tobacco products that are undergoing premarket review have already been on the market for several years with observable negative consequences for public health.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 20 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2020—a nearly 7 percent drop from the previous year. And though they continue to prefer flavored e-cigarettes, they also list other reasons—like simple curiosity—as a major reason for vaping.

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Alex Norcia – FilterMag – 2021-03-30.

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