On Thursday, e-cigarette producer Juul Labs introduced that it will be suspending the sale of all fruity flavored vape pods till the merchandise are totally reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration.
“We must reset the vapor category by earning the trust of society and working cooperatively with regulators, policymakers, and stakeholders to combat underage use while providing an alternative to adult smokers,” Juul CEO K.C. Crosthwaite mentioned in a press release Thursday.
This announcement implies that all mango, creme, fruit, and cucumber-flavored vape pods will not be accessible for sale except they obtain formal approval from the FDA.
Crosthwaite’s transfer follows a 12 months of lawmakers and client advocacy teams pushing to have e-cigarettes extra closely regulated after research confirmed skyrocketing numbers of younger individuals utilizing the merchandise. Pressure on the trade intensified after greater than 1,000 individuals within the United States reported extreme — and in some circumstances lethal — lung accidents after vaping, with a majority of sufferers reporting falling unwell after utilizing merchandise containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). A clear connection has but to be made between Juul and these mysterious lung accidents, however organizations just like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned individuals to cease vaping generally till extra is thought about these doable well being threats. Juul doesn’t manufacture merchandise containing THC, however bootleg merchandise containing THC can be utilized with Juul units.
The Trump administration introduced in September that it will transfer to ban all flavored vapes from the US market after these accidents started to pop up throughout the nation. In the subsequent few months, the FDA is predicted to launch regulatory steering to take away these vaping and e-cigarette merchandise out of the market till they’re FDA authorized.
“Not only is it a problem overall, but really specifically with respect for children,” Trump mentioned earlier this 12 months. He continued, “We may very well have to do something very, very strong about it.”