US Health Secretary Backs Proposed FDA Crackdown On E-Cigarettes

About 9 per cent of youths surveyed — nearly one in 11 — said they had tried cannabis in e-cigarettes at some point.— Paolo_Toffanin

That's what the nation's top health officials at the Food and Drug Administration announced last week as it ordered e-cigarette manufacturers to stop advertising their products to teens.

PHE said it was confident that systems were in place in England to protect children and young people from e-cigarette use.

Still, the FDA crackdown means these companies have to do more.

Shares of Big Tobacco companies surged in trading Wednesday. Shares of Imperial Brands, the maker of Winston and Kool cigarettes, rose 3 percent.

Students who said they lived with a tobacco user were more likely than others to report vaping marijuana.

More: To juul or not to juul? She expects total US sales of e-cigarettes to hit almost $4 billion this year.

A study from the Angus Reid Institute found that, of the 1,500 Canadians they surveyed online between August 15 to 20, respondents saw vaping as doing more harm than good. His group and several others are suing the FDA over a decision to delay federal review of most e-cigarettes.

"Today's teens were on the cusp of being the first generation to broadly reject cigarette smoking but instead have become hooked on nicotine due to a decade of lax oversight over e-cigarette products", she added. If the FDA puts the kibosh on the whole e-cigarette industry, the financial hit would be small for Altria but huge for Juul. "And some portion of them are at risk of transitioning to and risking addiction to cigarettes".

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"It is very hard (if not impossible) to tell whether a vaping device contains nicotine e-liquid or cannabis just from looking at the device or the cartridge", Morean wrote. The study focused largely on the prevalence of teens who use e-cigarettes to smoke tobacco. Juul flavors include mango, cucumber and Virginia tobacco. Some fear that "vaping" might serve as a gateway to using other tobacco products. She also suggested that eliminating flavored products could push some e-cig users back to cigarettes. Flavors for e-cigarettes run the gamut from strawberry to vanilla ice cream.

"Vaping may make some youth more likely to start (smoking)". However, Mr. Fairchild said he is aware of only one incident involving the devices this academic year.

The research comes just after the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that vapourising companies have two months to demonstrate they are making efforts to keep the devices out of the hands of young people, or risk being shut down.

"It's now clear to me, that in closing the on-ramp to kids, we're going to have to narrow the off-ramp for adults who want to migrate off combustible tobacco and onto e-cigs", Gottlieb said.

Juul, which hit the market in 2015, had a meteoric rise a year ago. A Juul looks more like a USB drive than anything else, and one Juul cartridge contains as much nicotine as an entire pack of cigarettes. British American's Vuse e-cigs were a distant second, with sales of $404 million, according to Wells Fargo Securities and Nielsen.

Since 2017, FDA officials have discussed e-cigarettes as a potential tool to ween adult smokers off cigarettes.

David Hammond, a tobacco control policy expert, said that while many young people have tried e-cigarettes, what should be of most concern is whether they are just experimenting or if they are vaping on a regular basis.

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