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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Statement-FDA Releases Draft Guidance with Restrictions on Flavored E

Tuesday, March 19, 2019  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

"FDA released a draft guidance aimed at preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and cigars. You can find the draft guidance attached.

The restrictions on flavored e-cigarettes announced today are insufficient to reverse the youth e-cigarette epidemic and fall short of prohibiting the flavors that have made e-cigarettes so popular with kids. Menthol and mint flavors will remain widely available despite data that shows 51 percent of high school students who currently use e-cigarettes use menthol or mint flavored products.

The FDA also announced that it is moving up by one year, from August 8, 2022, to August 8, 2021, the date by which manufacturers of flavored e-cigarettes have to comply with the law requiring them to submit applications to FDA and undergo a review of their public health impact in order to stay on the market. This is a modest improvement, but falls short of what is needed.  These products will continue to remain on the market for years without FDA review. 

The FDA’s new policy on flavored cigars also falls short of the complete ban that is needed and the FDA has promised. The new policy does not apply to flavored cigars that were on the market as of February 15, 2007 (a date set by law). This leaves a large number of flavored cigars on the market despite FDA’s own conclusion that a far higher percentage of youth, especially African-American youth, use flavored cigars compared to adults. 
More information can be found in the releases from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association which are linked below. “
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Statement
American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Statement
American Heart Association Statement
American Lung Association Statement

Submit a comment on the draft guidance through April 30, 2019 (Docket FDA-2018-D-3244).
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