Due to lack of announcements from FDA, a lawmaker has written to the FDA to issue a compliance policy soon. After President Trump announced on September 11, 2019 that the agency would take strong measures against use of flavored e-cigarettes within a couple of weeks, no progress was noticed on the part of FDA. When Mr. Trump made the announcement Health and Human Services Secy. Alex Azar stated that it would take several weeks to make the final policy guidance to remove all flavored electronic cigarettes except tobacco flavored ones from the market.
Chairman of House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Raja Krishnamoorthi said in a letter to FDA that before another child gets hooked to the e-cigarettes the flavor ban should be placed immediately. In his letter to acting commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless Mr. Krishnamoorti stated that if the former is not able to do that at the earliest then he should give a briefing about reasons for the delay. This is because already six weeks have passed since the president’s announcement but no policy guidelines have been issued by FDA. In an email issued this week FDA spokesperson has affirmed that the agency will respond directly to Krishnamoorti and will finalize the compliance policy within weeks.
Spokesperson affirmed that more details about the plan and its implementation will start soon. The FDA is committed to oversight of all tobacco products including electronic cigarettes and will keep all such products out of the hands of youth. The agency is aware that tobacco products and e-cigarettes should not be marketed, sold or used by kids and they need to make every effort possible to prevent kids from getting addicted to nicotine. The firms making these products and selling them through online platforms have fueled the habit among teens. Walmart and several large retailers have announced plans to reduce sales of flavored vaping products from their outlets.