Lawyers and business owners weigh in on Juul ban report
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Food and Drug Administration should order e-cigarette company Juul to remove its products from shelves, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In 2020, all U.S. e-cigarette manufacturers had to submit their products for FDA review to stay in the market. The FDA spent two years reviewing the data presented by Juul. The agency should reject the request.
“Juul created the e-cigarette epidemic among young people with the introduction of stylish and cool products, offered in flavors appealing to children, offering high levels of nicotine and with marketing designed to appear precisely on the market. teenage years, and it worked,” said Matthew Myers. , president of the non-profit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
At the height of Juul’s popularity in 2018, more than 3.6 million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes in the National Youth Smoking Survey.
Popularity began to wane when the FDA banned fruit and mint juice pods used in e-cigarettes and vaping products in January 2020.
The 2021 National Youth Smoking Survey reported a decline in e-cigarette use. Two million middle and high school students reported using e-cigarettes.
“The FDA needs to step in to ban all flavored products our children use. Two million children addicted to Juuls and other e-cigarettes is a price we will pay for decades if we do nothing,” Myers said.
Myers said states should pass their own legislation banning all flavored e-cigarette and vaping products in case the FDA doesn’t take action. Bills banning these products have failed three years in a row in Connecticut.
Currently, Juul only sells Virginia tobacco and menthol flavors.
Al Demiroz, the owner of Puff City in East Haven, said he constantly smoked cigarettes. Then he switched to using a Juul.
“You don’t want to take Juuls away from adults like me. I smoked 17 years and quit with a Juul, that’s been four years for me,” Demiroz said.
Even though Juul isn’t as popular as it was a few years ago, Demiroz said the ban will still impact store sales.
“We only have Juul customers, and I think if they start with the Juul, they’re going to try to take away the flavored vape juices and stuff, it’s going to affect a lot of people,” Demiroz said.
Juul could appeal to the FDA, challenge the decision in court, or file a revised application for its products.