F.D.A. Cracks Down on Juul and E-Cigarette Retailers

Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 weeks ago  •  22 comments

F.D.A. Cracks Down on Juul and E-Cigarette Retailers
The sleek Juul device, which looks like a flash drive, has become popular in high schools.

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday declared that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached “an epidemic proportion,” and it put makers of the most popular devices on notice that they have just 60 days to prove they can keep their devices away from minors.

The order was part of a sweeping government action that targeted both makers and sellers of e-cigarettes. If Juul Labs and four other major manufacturers fail to halt sales to minors, the agency said, it could remove their flavored products from the market. It also raised the possibility of civil or criminal charges if companies are allowing bulk sales through their websites.

The agency said it was sending warning letters to 1,100 retailers — including 7-Eleven stores, Walgreens, Circle K convenience shops and Shell gas stations — and issued another 131 fines, ranging from $279 to $11,182, for selling e-cigarettes to minors.

Federal law prohibits selling e-cigarettes to anyone under 18. In a briefing with reporters, the F.D.A. commissioner, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, said that more than two million middle and high school students were regular users of e-cigarettes last year.

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Perrie Halpern R.A.
1  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

How does one put the cat back into the bag?

 
 
TiG
2  TiG    2 weeks ago
How does one put the cat back into the bag?

Time.   Measured in decades.

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  TiG @2    2 weeks ago

Sad but true.

 
 
Kathleen/Butterfie
3  Kathleen/Butterfie    2 weeks ago

Very upsetting to see these kids smoking these. They need to crack down on this.

 
 
Ronin2
3.1  Ronin2  replied to  Kathleen/Butterfie @3    2 weeks ago

I am sure the black market that will form to accommodate kids needs hopes so as well.

There is no easy fix for this unfortunately. 

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1    2 weeks ago

These E cigs are the worst thing to come along. Most people do not realize that nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals around. Right up there with opioids. 

These companies executives should be treated like any other pusher. 

 
 
Tacos!
3.1.2  Tacos!  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.1    2 weeks ago
These E cigs are the worst thing to come along. Most people do not realize that nicotine is one of the most addictive chemicals around. Right up there with opioids.

Sure, but if you're already a smoker and you're worried about lung cancer, isn't it better to have this option available?

 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.3  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.1    2 weeks ago

The only thing dumber than smoking a cigarette is smoking an e- cigarette.

In the beginning kids smoke to be cool. It has been that way for a hundred years probably. 

See the source image

Then they become addicted and they can't get out. 

When my sister was in the hospital fighting cancer a few years ago, her husband went to visit her everyday of course. When I would be there I would see him go outside occasionally. One time I was leaving the hospital I happened to look over to the side and there was my brother in law smoking a cigarette. He died from lung cancer three years later. 

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.1.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Tacos! @3.1.2    2 weeks ago

Tacos, 

I was a smoker and I quit. That would be the best option. But for those who are unaware nicotine is a carcinogen. It can lead to lung, pancreatic, breast and throat cancer. 

So is it really better? Marginally. 

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.1.5  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  JohnRussell @3.1.3    2 weeks ago

Wow, that is a cautionary tale. Shocking that your sister who had cancer was not a deterrent. I think that some people with bad habits will find any reason to carry on, rather than quit. You kind of pay the ultimate price, though.

 
 
JohnRussell
3.1.6  JohnRussell  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.5    2 weeks ago

He was addicted to cigarettes for sure. I have a 42 year old nephew now who smokes. He has 4 little kids 7 and under. People tell him to quit for the kids and get out of it before cancer or something else does come, and he hasnt been able to yet. 

 
 
Tacos!
3.1.7  Tacos!  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.1.4    one week ago
nicotine is a carcinogen

That may not be so - at least not a lot and not by itself. It seems to facilitate the progress toward cancer caused by the many carcinogens found in cigarette smoke. 

Nicotine per se is not a substantial cause of cancer. Any cancer-related risks during short-term nicotine therapy to aid smoking cessation are insignificant compared to the risks of smoking.

Nicotine: Carcinogenicity and Effects on Response to Cancer Treatment – A Review

I sure wouldn't suggest that nicotine is good for you. It's just not the major cancer-causing component of cigarettes.

 
 
zuksam
4  zuksam    2 weeks ago

I can see fining shops that sell to minors but going after bulk Web Sales just prevents adults from buying at lower prices. It's been a long time since I've been a minor but I can remember that it would have been impossible for me to get a package delivered to my house without my Parents finding out. If Minors are ordering from the internet their parents must be allowing it to happen or they're not paying attention. I guess these kids have their own Credit Cards, Paypal accounts, and PO Boxes that their parents don't know about for them to make and receive these purchases. I think the real problem is the States are pissed about Lost Revenue from Cigarette Taxes as Kids have chosen Vaping over Cigarettes. If they stop online sales the next step will be to tax E-Cigs to make up for the lost T-Cig Revenue.

 
 
Ronin2
4.1  Ronin2  replied to  zuksam @4    2 weeks ago

Hadn't thought about the lost tax revenue.  That is a good point.

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  zuksam @4    2 weeks ago

Zuksam,

There are many households that there are two working parents, so a package could come and no parent would know. I am not sure about how they would hide the sale, but my kids know a way of putting money into some sort of wallet system and pay for it from there, so really it is quite easy for kids to order online. 

Candy flavored nicotine could also be part of the problem, too. 

 
 
zuksam
4.2.1  zuksam  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @4.2    2 weeks ago
Candy flavored nicotine could also be part of the problem, too

Yep ! My Friend Vapes and his 2nd hand smoke smells like Cherry Lollipops really strong. It just makes me want candy but I can see how this could attract children. Do they have Bacon Flavor ?

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.2.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  zuksam @4.2.1    2 weeks ago
Do they have Bacon Flavor ?

LOL.. Now that is funny!

 
 
mocowgirl
4.3  mocowgirl  replied to  zuksam @4    2 weeks ago
I think the real problem is the States are pissed about Lost Revenue from Cigarette Taxes as Kids have chosen Vaping over Cigarettes.

Not to worry, vaping is just the first step to being hooked on cigarettes until death does them part.  Schools should be required to emphasize the dangers of nicotine on health in every health class beginning in grade school.  

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/e-cigs-may-be-gateway-teens-smoking-cigarettes/

A new study adds to a growing body of evidence linking the use of electronic cigarettes and other non-cigarette tobacco products to future use of conventional cigarettes in teens.

Adolescents who use these products, such as e-cigarettes, hookahs, non-cigarette combustible tobacco or smokeless tobacco, are more likely to start smoking cigarettes within a year, according to the new research.

A warning that should be on all products that contain any level of nicotine.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/240820.php

Tobacco was first used as an insecticide in 1763.

The American Heart Association says that nicotine consumed from smoking tobacco is one of the hardest substances to quit. It is considered to be at least as hard as quitting heroin.

Lowering the nicotine levels to non-addictive levels should have been required and enforced a long time ago.

from the seed....

Risa Robinson, a professor of mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, began studying e-cigarettes six years ago for the F.D.A. The early products did not have enough nicotine to cause concern, she said. But later products, like Juul, had more nicotine and, she said, can become even stronger depending on how deeply a user puffs.
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.3.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  mocowgirl @4.3    2 weeks ago

Thanks for that info CMF! 

 
 
badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη
5  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη    2 weeks ago

I know a successful dentist that vapes CBD oil with THC out of one of those all day long.

 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη @5    2 weeks ago

I bet he's pretty mellow.. maybe he should be sharing with his patents that are getting root canal. 

 
 
badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη
5.1.2  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.1    2 weeks ago

I'm not letting him drill on my teeth.....

 
 
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