"The vast majority of the violations were for the illegal sale of five e-cigarette products - Vuse, Blu, JUUL, MarkTen XL, and Logic".
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has said that e-cigarettes, while still harmful, may be effective for adults who want to give up cigarette smoking, which kills nearly half a million Americans each year.
In April, JUUL sent thousands of pages of records to be reviewed by the FDA - but apparently, it didn't bode well for the nicotine king.
As of September 1, the FDA said it has conducted 978,290 retail inspections, issued 77,180 warning letters to retailers for violating the law, and initiated 18,560 civil money penalty cases in its checks of retail establishments selling tobacco products.
These levels of nicotine are highly addictive, particularly to the developing brains of children and teenagers. The agency extended that reach to other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, in August 2016 and allowed those products that were already on the market to continue sales while preparing an application for FDA clearance.
The FDA also targeted Juul retailers this spring, issuing 56 warning letters and six civil monetary penalties. It is working with Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to address the access and appeal of these products, and to launch a public education campaign.
It recognized the impact this might have on the use of these products by adults trying to stop smoking, but said that emerging research shows that action must be taken.
The FDA's regulation of tobacco products has always been marked by twists and turns and years of debate.
What's more, Gottlieb said the vaping industry appears to have turned a blind eye to the online practice of "straw purchasing" by retailers and individuals intent on buying vaping products and reselling them to minors.
He said the FDA move could "represent a fundamental turning point" if the agency requires "all of these products undergo premarket review now, not four years from now". "It's a goal we share with public health, policy makers, parents, youth-serving organizations and many others who care about young people making healthy decisions", the company said, with a link to its initiatives.
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Local government press officer Christelle Monteagudo said the man's motives were unknown and that nothing was being ruled out. It showed the vehicle hitting a bump, going airborne and landing in a cloud of dust at Lyon's global Saint-Exupery airport.
"I've been warning the e-cigarette industry for more than a year that they needed to do much more to stem these youth trends", he said.
Juul e-cigs are available with 3 percent nicotine and 5 percent nicotine - about a much as pack of cigarettes, according to its website.
The FDA is also zeroing in on online retailers which, it says, are "selling misleadingly labeled and/or advertised e-liquids resembling kid-friendly food products such as candy and cookies".
"I'll be clear. The FDA won't tolerate a whole generation of young people becoming addicted to nicotine as a tradeoff for enabling adults to have unfettered access to these same products", Gottlieb said Wednesday.
If the plans fall short, the FDA could block sales of the products by enforcing a requirement that companies provide detailed safety and health data about their products before marketing them.
The FDA plans to step up enforcement actions to monitor, penalize and prevent e-cigarette sales in convenience stores and other retail sites.
If we had an affordable, easy-to-use device that eliminated 90 percent of the health problems associated with HIV or cervical cancer in exchange for relatively minor risks and side effects, we would consider it monstrous to withhold that product from the market. Appropriate flavors play an important role in helping adult smokers switch.
However, he added: "The youth risk is paramount".
"Adolescents and young adults are perceiving them to be a completely harmless or riskless alternative to combustible tobacco products", Kirshenbaum said.