The six groups that authored the letter are the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), Truth Initiative, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association and American Lung Association.
A letter sent to the FDA by six tobacco control organizations demands the agency “take immediate action to protect the nation’s youths, and people health, from the dramatic rise in teen usage of Juul electronic cigarettes.” The letter reiterates the groups’ demand in their lawsuit against the FDA that the agency reverse its decision to postpone premarket approval for existing vapor products until 2022.
The letter asks the FDA to close JUUL’s online sales, despite having no evidence that the company has sold products to minors through its website. JUUL Labs restricts sales to those ages 21 and above, even in states that allow sales to 18-year-olds.
The letter also claims that JUUL has released e-liquid flavors since the August 8, 2016, naming Mango and Cool Cucumber specifically. No vaping product could be legally marketed after that date without a marketing order from the FDA, which requires submission and acceptance of a premarket tobacco application (PMTA).
” We have enough information to be concerned, but not to make policy decisions,” wrote Miller. “Anecdotal information/stories are never enough to make good policy.”
“The current estimate for adult smoking prevalence for 2017 is 14.1 percent. The most plausible explanation for at least part of this dramatic decline is smokers switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, including JUUL.”
Stated longtime tobacco control leader who isn’t marching in lockstep with the crusaders. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat who rests on the Truth Initiative board of directors, issued a statement questioning many of the Truth study’s claims, and urging everyone concerned to decelerate and look more closely at what is happening.