Thursday 23 June 2022 04:23 PM FDA bans the sale of Juul e-cigarettes in the US trends now
Juul e-cigarettes are to be pulled from shelves across the United States amid a Biden administration-led crackdown on the industry.
The Food and Drug Administration said today it was banning the company from selling or distributing its products in the United States, threatening un-specified enforcement action on any shops that continued to sell them.
But it did not restrict individual ownership or use of any JUUL devices.
In a statement the FDA said it was pulling the company's e-cigarettes from shelves after JUUL failed to provide 'sufficient evidence' that its devices helped people quit smoking.
It also raised concerns over potentially hazardous chemicals leaking from devices.
JUUL e-cigarettes were marketed as helping people to quit smoking, but have been accused of sparking a surge in e-cigarette use among youngsters because of their popular fruit and mint flavors.
In September the FDA banned the sale of hundreds of thousands of vaping and e-cigarettes as part of a nationwide crackdown on the products.
Popular e-cigarette brand Juul has its products pulled from shelves after the FDA denied its application to get around a ban of flavored nicotine
Juul has branded its products as devices that can help those addicted to nicotine slowly ween themselves off safely — as vape devices do not have many of the same downsides as smoking tobacco cigarettes do.
Instead, though, the fruity and mint flavors in many of its devices have led to many children and teens picking up smoking — when they likely would not have otherwise.
This has placed Juul, and the e-cigarette market in general, in the FDA's crosshairs in recent years.
In April 2021, the agency banned menthol flavored cigarettes, while also banning all types of flavored cigars.
Refillable cartridge e-cigarettes that contain fruit or mint flavors were banned as well, though cartridges that are meant to be disposed of are still allowed for sale.
Flavored products in particular are often the target of regulations because they are easier to use as a gateway for people that do not smoke already, since one of the primary deterrents to picking up tobacco is the taste.
It especially plays a role for younger smokers who use vape devices like a Juul.
While they may not enjoy the taste of nicotine, it is much easier to get hooked on the fruity, tasteful, flavors.
'[The bans last April] will help save lives, particularly among those disproportionately affected by these deadly products,' the FDA wrote in a statement last year.
'With these actions, the FDA will help significantly reduce youth