Heart of Health Policy | Spring Brings Flurry of Tobacco Activity at FDA

April was a busy month for tobacco-related action at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Not only did the Agency announce new enforcement actions on the sale of e-cigarettes (JUUL products and others) to minors through both brick-and-mortar and online retailers, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, unveiled a new Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan. Though the full details of the plan remain to be seen, Gottlieb committed to investing in science-based campaigns aimed at educating youth about the dangers of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

Additionally, the FDA has been actively conducting a large-scale, undercover investigation into the sale of e-cigarettes, and in less than two months uncovered 40 violations for the illegal sale of JUUL products to underage individuals. The Agency issued warning letters for those violations and others as part of the ongoing effort to enforce regulations on the sale of tobacco products to minors. The FDA also engaged with eBay to address listings for JUUL products on its website, resulting in the removal of the products from eBay and the voluntary implementation of new measures to prevent new listings.

Click here to read last month’s Cardiology for more on how the FDA is taking on nicotine addiction.

Clinical Topics: Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology, Prevention, CHD and Pediatrics and Prevention, Smoking

Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, Adolescent, Tobacco, Tobacco Use, Minors, United States Food and Drug Administration, Tobacco Products

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