Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Ned Sharpless admitted that the agency must do & # 39; more & # 39; to stop the deaths and teenage addictions associated with vaping in his testimony before the Wednesday congress.
Eleven people in the US have died of pulmonary-related lung diseases and the FDA is investigating 1,000 possible cases of similar respiratory damage.
Sharplesss said FDA flavored e-cigs will not & # 39; be banned & nbsp; but will soon finalize rules to force companies to take these products off the market until they have gone ahead and are lit green by the pre-market approval process from the FDA.
He added that although most lung injuries are related to THC vapen, health officials have not identified any consistent cause between them.
FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless promised on Thursday that the FDA flavored e-cigarettes & # 39; temporarily & # 39; from the market until they can get approval from the agency
One death has been reported in every Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Oregon, Georgia, and Florida, and two people have died in California and Kansas.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found 530 cases of serious pneumonia-like illness that can be traced to the use of e-cigarettes, and is investigating around 1,000 possible cases.
CDC Deputy Director, Ann Schuchat, said there were & # 39; probably hundreds & # 39; more cases.
In collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the FDA is trying to track down the vapors that have made people ill by their sources and intend to file charges against their makers – but not against users.
& # 39; The FDA does not undertake any actions related to personal use of evaporation products, our interest is with suppliers, & # 39; Sharpless said.
Two more people died from a serious lung disease related to vapors, bringing the total number of deaths in the US to 11. The 10th victim was in Georgia and the 11th victim was in Florida
& # 39; But for the sake of clarity, if we determine that someone produces or distributes illegal, counterfeit sheep products that caused disease and death for personal gain, we would consider that a criminal act. & # 39;
This week a major failure was made by the local police in Minnesota.
Police and health officials have seized there about 77,000 illegal vaping patterns that contain THC – the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis – an estimated $ 3.8 million trait.
Commissioner Sharpless said the second point of the FDA's upcoming enforcement actions will be to try the so-called & # 39; teen vape epidemic & # 39; to stop.
According to the latest figures from the CDC, one in four high school students used e-cigarettes in the last month.
The most popular flavors among underage users are fruity, mint, and menthol, and companies such as Juul Labs are facing investigations as to whether their sweetly flavored pigs were deliberately sold to children and teenagers.
A huge stock of nearly 77,000 illegal THC vapes in colorful packaging with the & # 39; Thank Vapes & # 39; (photo) was confiscated by law enforcement officials in Minnesota on Monday, as US health officials warned that bootleg e-cigs may be blamed for hundreds of lung diseases
Michigan and New York have temporarily banned flavored e-cigarettes and Massachusetts has stopped selling all e-cigarettes over the next four months. Illinois is currently drafting legislation for a flavored e-cigarette ban.
Sharpless was careful to make it clear that the FDA's upcoming enforcement actions, backed by President Trump, will not ban flavored e-cigarettes.
& # 39; The FDA intends to enforce existing legislation that restricts the marketing of such products, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; This policy does not mean that flavored e-cigarettes can never be placed on the market.
& # 39; If a company can demonstrate through a request to the FDA that a specific product meets Congress standard, the FDA would allow that (e-cigarette) product to be purchased. & # 39;
But until then, the FDA expects e-cigarette companies to get their products off the shelves.
Sharpless said it is the & # 39; FDA & # 39; s intention to shortly complete a compliance policy on flavored (e-cigarettes) & # 39; but did indicate when & # 39; soon & # 39; could be.
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