Recently, tobacco control organizations, including the smoke-free children’s movement, announced that they condemned VUSE e-cigarette products because of the approval of the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Matthew L. Myers, President of the smokeless children’s movement, said: “although the FDA rejected the application for 10 flavors of VUSE e-cigarettes, which is a positive step, it is worrying that a product with a nicotine concentration of three times that allowed by Canadian, British and European laws has been approved.”
“VUSE products containing this level of nicotine put young people in our country at risk of excessive addiction,” Miles added in a statement.
“We must be vigilant against this authorization. We will monitor the marketing of the product, including whether the company fails to comply with any regulatory requirements, or whether there is credible evidence that individuals (including young people) who have not used tobacco products before use the product in large quantities.” we will take appropriate actions, including revoking the authorization, ”Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA tobacco products center, said in a press release released on October 12.
Jill Dale, a spokesman for the American Lung Association, added: “the American Lung Association is disappointed that the FDA will allow three VUSE products to be sold in the U.S. market, including products containing nearly 5% nicotine.” “the harm caused by these products to teenagers shows that they do not meet the public health standards of the tobacco control act.”
Karen E. Knudsen, CEO of the cancer action network of the American Cancer Society, made a similar comment.
“Although we recognize that the FDA has adopted strict scientific procedures to evaluate these products according to public health standards, we are still concerned that products with high nicotine concentrations may have a potential impact on adolescent growth and lifelong smoking addiction,” Knudsen said.
In the same statement, she added: “although the FDA has issued strict marketing restrictions to prevent exposure by teenagers, R.J. Reynolds, the manufacturer of these licensed products, has a good record of avoiding regulation by new customers from generation to generation.” “Post marketing monitoring must continue to ensure that the company complies with the regulations and further monitor the long-term use of these nicotine containing products, which is essential to understand the potential long-term health effects.”