The Trump government on Thursday declared a ban on several popular e-cigarette tastes, such as mint and fruit, to curtail increasing teenage use of vaping goods, permitting just menthol and tobacco tastes to stay on the industry.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said firms which don’t halt the manufacture, sale and distribution of flavoured cartridge-based e-cigarettes, other than tobacco or menthol, in 30 days hazard enforcement activities from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Thursday’s statement would have no effect on Juul, which has pulled flavours except tobacco and menthol. It would force rivals still offering a broader selection of tastes, such as Njoy and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, making Vuse e-cigarettes, to limit their own offerings.
“The United States hasn’t seen an outbreak of substance use appear as rapidly as our present epidemic of childhood usage of e-cigarettes,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.
“HHS is taking a comprehensive, competitive way of enforcing the legislation passed by Congress, below which no e-cigarettes are presently available on the industry lawfully,” Mr. Azar added.
The HHS said producers that are looking to advertise flavoured e-cigarettes or e-liquids need to submit an application to the FDA that shows the item meets relevant standards.
The transfer comes as U.S. health labs investigate a mysterious respiratory disease tied to vaping which has generated 55 deaths and over two,500 hospitalizations as of Tuesday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The deaths have increased fears surrounding vaping’s security, but the epidemic of these instances seems to be waning.
Researchers have said there’s mounting evidence that vitamin E acetate, a cutting agent employed in bud vape capsules, is playing a part in the disorders.
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