According to the study a top executive for vaping giant Juul Labs; telling House lawmakers. FDA warning letters are not legally binding, but regulators can take companies to court if they don’t comply with their requests. Juul has 15 business days to respond with a plan for fixing the problems.
Federal health authorities on Monday blasted vaping company Juul for illegally pitching its electronic cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking and ordered the company to stop making unproven claims for its products. The Food and Drug Administration also upped its scrutiny of a number of key aspects of Juul’s business, telling the company to turn over documents about its marketing, educational programs and nicotine formula.
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The FDA action increases the pressure on the nation’s best-selling vaping company, which has been besieged by scrutiny from state and federal officials since a recent surge in underage vaping. Federal law bans sales to those under 18. The FDA has been investigating Juul for months but had not previously taken action against the company.
Juul has tried to position its e-cigarettes as a tool to help adult smokers stop smoking, using the tagline “Make the Switch.” In a separate letter to the company’s CEO, the FDA said it is “concerned” that the advertising campaign suggests “that using Juul products poses less risk or is less harmful than cigarettes.”
JUUL has ignored the law, and very concerningly; has made some of these statements in school to our nation’s youth; said FDA acting commissioner Ned Sharpless, in a statement. The agency’s warning letter highlights an incident recounted by two New York; high school students during a congressional hearing in July.
The students told House lawmakers that a representative from Juul; was inviting to address the school as part of an assembly on mental health and addiction issues. During the presentation, the students said the representative told; them the company’s product was totally safe. Discontinuing its school programs which were intending to discourage underage use last September. Juul and similar small, discrete e-cigarettes have become a scourge in U.S. schools nationwide.