Gottlieb hints at harsh action ahead in the battle against youth vaping

The US vaping industry is waiting for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to offer guidance on how it plans to tackle e-cigarette usage by children. It may not like it when it comes.

FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in an official statement yesterday (11th February): “We’ll be providing further information on these policies soon. If data continue to show upwards trends in youth use of tobacco products, we’ll continue to refine our policies as necessary, taking additional steps to strengthen our response.”

He said: “The bottom line is that kids using e-cigarettes aren’t kids who would have smoked cigarettes.”

And he warned that Juul and Altria have some explaining to do.

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