Original title: US FDA warned electronic cigarette manufacturers to try to prevent youngsters from using, otherwise they will be ordered to stop selling.
The prevalence of e-cigarettes among minors has aroused worldwide concern, and regulatory authorities have begun to formulate regulatory policies.
On September 12, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on its website that it had issued more than 1,300 warning letters to stores and online stores across the United States that sell e-cigarettes illegally to minors, and asked five major e-cigarette brands, Juul, Vuse, MarkTen, Blu and Logic, to submit detailed instructions on how to prevent youth within 60 days. The FDA may ask the companies to stop selling related electronic cigarettes unless they use their products in 1997.
Prior to this, on August 30, China's General Administration of Market Supervision and Administration and the State Tobacco Monopoly Bureau issued a "Notice on the Prohibition of the Sale of Electronic Cigarettes to Minors" (news link: https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2432540), saying that minors smoking electronic cigarettes have significant health and safety problems. It is suggested that the electronic commerce platform should remove the electronic cigarette products containing the words "students" and "minors", strengthen the examination and control of the names of the electronic cigarette products on the shelves, and take effective measures to shield the relevant key words and not show the electronic cigarette products to minors.
Last year, the FDA encouraged the e-cigarette industry to develop more products to help adults quit smoking, Bloomberg reported Sept. 13. In July 2017, the FDA said it was considering reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes and agreed to postpone the deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to apply for FDA licenses until 2022.
But data show that the number of teenagers smoking e-cigarettes is soaring, casting a shadow on any potential benefits of e-cigarettes for adults. Critics say the FDA has not taken enough steps to prevent teenagers from smoking electronic cigarettes when it develops products for adults to quit smoking.
In a warning letter sent by the FDA, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, FDA director, explained: "I think certain flavors are one of the main drivers of these e-cigarettes to attract teenagers. While we are still committed to promoting policies that tap the potential of e-cigarettes and help adult smokers quit cigarettes, this cannot be done at the expense of children. We can't let new generation become addicted to nicotine. "
The warning letter, covering five e-cigarette brands, including Juul, Vuse, MarkTen, Blu E-cigs and Logic, asked them to submit a plan within 60 days detailing how to prevent teenagers from using their products.
The FDA further said it would consider requiring the companies to modify their sales and marketing strategies, stop wholesaling products to some retailers, or even stop selling some or all of their flavored e-cigarettes until the problem was resolved.
It is reported that Juul electronic cigarette products only pocket size, shape design like computer USB, with a variety of tobacco products catering to the taste of teenagers, is currently popular among student groups.
The FDA's announcement said that new electronic cigarette products, as alternatives to cigarettes, not only cause nicotine addiction, but also have adverse effects on the brain development of adolescents. At the same time, the FDA is ready to take a tougher approach to electronic cigarette control to prevent the spread of the "epidemic" of e-smoking among teenagers.
In an interview with Bloomberg, FDA Health and Public Services Minister Alex Azar said that as a father, he was very supportive of the FDA's actions. I also have kids at home, and we're all worried that Juul and other e-cigarettes are on campus, and we can't allow that to happen.
In fact, on the attraction and harm of electronic cigarettes to teenagers, domestic tobacco controllers have repeatedly appealed to relevant departments to take effective measures to prevent.
On August 30, the State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration and the State Tobacco Monopoly Bureau issued a Notice on Prohibiting the Sale of Electronic Cigarettes to Minors, saying that stationery stores near primary and secondary schools in some areas now sell electronic cigarettes to students, and some electronic commerce platforms also have "student electronic cigarettes" for sale and wholesale.
"Notice" pointed out that China's national standards for e-cigarettes have not yet been formally promulgated, the quality of e-cigarettes on the market is uneven, most of the core consumer components of e-cigarettes are purified nicotine, namely nicotine, minors inhaled such aerosols, will have adverse effects on lung function, improper use may also lead to Nicotine poisoning and other safety risks.
For this reason, the Circular stipulates that market participants shall not sell electronic cigarettes to minors, and suggests that e-commerce platforms remove electronic cigarettes containing the words "students" and "minors" from their shelves, deduct points or close stores for relevant stores (sellers), and strengthen the examination and verification of the names of electronic cigarettes on shelves. Guan, take effective measures to screen related keywords, and do not display electronic cigarette products to minors.
The circular also calls for market supervision departments at all levels and tobacco monopoly administrative departments to further strengthen market supervision over e-cigarette products and, in combination with special actions such as comprehensive management around schools, to urge all types of market participants not to sell e-cigarettes to minors, and to produce and sell "three no" e-cigarettes. Such illegal acts should be investigated and punished in time according to law; schools and families should strengthen the education and protection of minors, emphasizing the harm of electronic cigarettes to their health; the media should strengthen the propaganda of minors'smoking, including the harm of electronic cigarettes to their health; and any organizations and individuals should dissuade and stop the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.
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