FDA bans the sale of Juul e-cigarettes in the US
Juul e-cigarettes will be pulled from shelves in the United States amid a government-led crackdown on the industry by Biden.
The Food and Drug Administration said today it banned the company from selling or distributing its products in the United States, and threatened unspecified enforcement action against stores that continued to sell them.
But does not restrict individual ownership or use of JUUL devices.
In a statement, the FDA said it was pulling the company’s e-cigarettes from its shelves after JUUL failed to provide “sufficient evidence” that its devices helped people quit smoking.
Concerns were also raised about potentially hazardous chemicals leaking from devices.
JUUL’s e-cigarettes were marketed to help people quit smoking, but they have been accused of increasing e-cigarette use among young people because of their popular fruit and mint flavors.
In September, the FDA banned the sale of hundreds of thousands of vapes and e-cigarettes as part of a nationwide crackdown on the products.
Popular e-cigarette brand Juul has pulled its products from its shelves after the FDA rejected its application to circumvent a ban on flavored nicotine
Juul has branded its products as devices that can help nicotine addicts safely wean themselves slowly – as vape devices don’t have many of the same drawbacks as smoking tobacco cigarettes.
Instead, the fruity and mint flavors in many of its devices have led many kids and teens to smoke—when they probably wouldn’t otherwise.
This has put Juul, and the e-cigarette market in general, in the crosshairs of the FDA in recent years.
In April 2021, the agency banned menthol-flavored cigarettes, while also banning all types of flavored cigars.
Refillable cartridge e-cigarettes containing fruit or mint flavors were also banned, although cartridges intended to be thrown away are still on sale.
Flavored products, in particular, are often the target of regulation because they are easier to use as a gateway for those who are new to smoking, as one of the main barriers to tobacco pick-up is taste.
It especially plays a role for younger smokers who use vape devices like a Juul.
While they may not enjoy the taste of nicotine, it’s much easier to get addicted to the fruity, flavorful flavors.
†[The bans last April] will help save lives, especially among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products,” the FDA wrote in a statement last year.
“With these actions, the FDA will significantly help reduce youth initiation and increase the likelihood of smoking cessation.”
Devices like JUULs are largely responsible for the recent rise in teenage tobacco use because of their fruity flavors and an easy way to carry and use them without detection (file photo)
Under the new rules, a company that wants to market a fruit- or mint-flavored refillable device must first get approval from the FDA — which has rejected hundreds of them.
To get around these orders, many companies began to use synthetic forms of the drug in their devices to evade regulators. That loophole was closed in April.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also published a study in March that found that more than 2.5 million U.S. college students had used some tobacco product by 2021 — a definition that includes nicotine devices that don’t dispense tobacco.
Officials reported that 80 percent of tobacco use was due to disposable e-cigarettes and cartridge products — such as a Juul.
In the study, approximately 2.06 million high school students — 13 percent of the study population — and four percent of high school students — 470,000 participants — reported “current” tobacco use.
The CDC reports that more than 2.5 million students in the U.S. were “current” users of tobacco products by 2021. This includes 13% of high school students and 4% of high school students
Disposable e-cigarettes and refillable cartridges account for more than 80% of teenage tobacco use in America
By comparison, in 2020, the CDC reported that eight percent of high school students and three percent of high school students were current tobacco users.
Students were also asked if they had ever used tobacco products in their lives, with 34 percent of high school students and 11 percent of high school students reporting at least one use.
According to the CDC study, e-cigarette devices were the most responsible for the increase in nicotine and tobacco use over the past year.
Of the students who reported being current smokers, 54 percent used a disposable e-cigarette and 29 percent said they used some sort of refillable device — similar to a Juul.
Together, the devices that allow teens to easily and prominently consume nicotine account for more than 80 percent of total student tobacco use.
Nicotine does not have many of the same negative effects and cancer risks as tobacco, but it does increase the risk of high blood pressure, artery narrowing and increased heart rate.
The use of e-cigarettes among school-aged children can be attributed to their taste, and the devices resemble a USB stick, making it easy for children to carry them to school without getting caught.
Some states and cities have banned the sale of flavored nicotine products, although there has been mixed results as to whether they have successfully prevented teens from picking up the habit.
Opponents of these bans say they will encourage teens to use more harmful tobacco products such as cigarettes instead of nicotine, which carries less risk.
“By bashing safer nicotine products like vaping, we’re going to inadvertently encourage high school students to smoke instead, which will be a terrible result,” Mark Oates, director of consumer advocacy group We Vape, told DailyMail.com in March.