NAPNAP applauds the Food and Drug Administration for cracking down on in-person and online sales of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to minors. We hope the agency will prioritize its new Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan focused on stopping youth use of tobacco products, and in particular, e-cigarettes in fiscal planning and operational implementation.
In addition to going after brick and mortar and online retailers, the FDA indicated it will also hold manufacturers accountable and plans to examine available information to understand and address why e-cigarettes/devices are so appealing to kids. We encourage the FDA to take enforcement actions against companies marketing products to mislead kids.
We understand the FDA’s position on the possibility for ENDS to provide a potentially less harmful alternative for currently addicted individual adult smokers. However, we believe that our nation’s children and teens may find ways to access these products and suffer long-term negative, health effects.
April 25, 2018