The FDA, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, released new data for the 2020 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS).
The number shows that compared with 2019, the number of young people using e-cigarettes in the United States has decreased by 1.8 million.
The FDA said the increase in e-cigarette use among young people in the past two years is disturbing and we are encouraged by the overall significant decline reported in 2020.
The FDA said it was still very concerned about the 3.6 million young Americans who currently use e-cigarettes and acknowledged that there was still a lot of work to curb youth use. The use of e-cigarettes by young people remains a public health crisis affecting children, families, schools and communities, and every effort will be made to stop it, including the new actions being taken today.
In addition to continuing to push ahead with the PMTA due today, the FDA also issued warning letters to three e-cigarette companies demanding that their products be removed from the U.S. market immediately.
In addition to the rigorous pre-sale scientific review of tobacco products, enforcement action against offenders remains an important matter of public health protection, the FDA said. After today’s deadline, FDA will give priority to enforcement of any end products that continue to be marketed and have not yet received applications from the agency.
According to enforcement priorities, the FDA today issued a warning letter informing three e-cigarette companies that sell or distribute unauthorized e-cigarettes to remove them from the market.
The FDA issued a warning letter to XL vape LLC, a popular disposable e-cigarette brand among young people, warning the company to remove its disposable e-cigarettes from the market because they did not submit the necessary authorization.
Today, FDA has also issued a warning letter to Flavor Warehouse LTD (Vampire Vape) and the British Pretty Women UK LTD (T / UK), and illegally sell unlicensed menthol electronic flavors.
The labels and / or advertisements of these products also carry cartoon images, such as vampires and kings, which are usually marketed and / or attract young people.
The actions come at a time when NYTS data in 2020 show an alarming increase in the use of disposable e-cigarettes by young people.
The FDA said today’s warning letter highlights concerns about the use of disposable e-cigarettes and menthol flavored e-cigarettes among young people. If marketing for children is likely to promote the use of minors, the FDA will take action on any end product, whether it is boxed, disposable, flavored or otherwise, or if the manufacturer fails to take adequate measures to prevent the entry of young people.