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🛑STOP VAPING: Below & in my editorial piece in usnews (➡️) I discuss how Vaping-Related Surge in Deaths Rightly Leads to Expedited Action by the FDA & President Administration.
Here is a shortened version of the newest updates that have occurred in the past week surrounding this EPIDEMIC.
Initially the FDA was allowing e-cigarette makers until 2022 to submit their plans for preventing underage access to their products. However, after a recent surge in deaths in related to vaping, the FDA & the Trump administration have have rightly called for expedited action. Last Monday the FDA issued a warning letter to JUUL Labs Inc (the leading e-cigarette company) requesting for more information about several issues previously raised in a Congressional hearing JUULs marketing strategy & targeting.
These devices were & still are marketed as “being safer”, although they can lead to nicotine addiction, harmful side effects of frequent nicotine use, irritation to the lining of the lungs & now as shown by countless recent cases, hospitalization & death. Furthermore, Ned Sharpless, Acting Commissioner of the FDA, recently emphasized that “the law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their specific product does in fact pose less risk or is less harmful”. This has not been done by these companies.
Given this recent surge, the President’s administration is now preparing to ban flavored electronic cigarettes as the federal health officials and the FDA call for restrictions. Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services reported that the surge in underage vaping is one of the reasons that they plan to ban them – at least until the FDA can thoroughly review their safety.
I site some other interesting examples in the full piece (link in bio) about microbes & bacterial toxins being found in cartridges, but above are the most recent updates.
Do you think we’ve done enough thus far❓What are some ideas that you have on how we can improve this epidemic❓