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Unprecedented FDA Enforcement Actions Against Retailers and Manufacturers over Youth E-Cig Sales

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a series of critical and historic enforcement actions related to the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids. In the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the FDA’s history, the agency issued more than 1,300 warning letters and civil money penalty complaints (fines) to retailers who illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide, undercover blitz of brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer. As a result of these violations of the law – and other indications that e-cigarette use among youth has hit epidemic proportions – FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., signaled that the agency intends to take new and significant steps to address this challenge in a speech at the agency’s headquarters.

“We’re committed to the comprehensive approach to address addiction to nicotine that we announced last year. But at the same time, we see clear signs that youth use of electronic cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion, and we must adjust certain aspects of our comprehensive strategy to stem this clear and present danger. This starts with the actions we’re taking today to crack down on retail sales of e-cigarettes to minors. We will also revisit our compliance policy that extended the dates for manufacturers of certain flavored e-cigarettes to submit applications for premarket authorization. I believe certain flavors are one of the principal drivers of the youth appeal of these products. While we remain committed to advancing policies that promote the potential of e-cigarettes to help adult smokers move away from combustible cigarettes, that work can’t come at the expense of kids. We cannot allow a whole new generation to become addicted to nicotine. In the coming weeks, we’ll take additional action under our Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to immediately address the youth access to, and the appeal of, these products,” said FDA Commissioner Gottlieb. “Today, we asked five e-cigarette manufacturers to put forward plans to immediately and substantially reverse these trends, or face a potential decision by the FDA to reconsider extending the compliance dates for submission of premarket applications. Our comprehensive plan on nicotine and tobacco regulation remains intact and we remain committed to its goals to reduce tobacco-related disease and death, including our efforts to reduce the nicotine in combustible products to render cigarettes minimally or non-addictive. We’re also fully committed to the concept that products that deliver nicotine exist on a continuum of risk, with combustible products representing the highest risk, and electronic nicotine delivery systems perhaps presenting an alternative for adult smokers who still seek access to satisfying levels of nicotine, but without all of the harmful effects that come from combustion. But in enabling a path for e-cigarettes to offer a potentially lower risk alternative for adult smokers, we won’t allow the current trends in youth access and use to continue, even if it means putting limits in place that reduce adult uptake of these products.” Continue reading Unprecedented FDA Enforcement Actions Against Retailers and Manufacturers over Youth E-Cig Sales

Facebook woes with User Data

Things are looking bad for Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. In the UK, he’s being called before Parliament. In the US, Congress and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) want to chat. On Wall Street, Facebook stock is tanking. An attempt at crisis management fell flat. And irate users are talking about dropping the social media platform altogether since allegations surfaced that the personal data of 50 million members was used to help elect Donald Trump. — David Rovella, Bloomberg

Facebook Probed Over Data Allegedly Used by Trump. The FTC and members of Congress are investigating how the personal data of all those Facebook users allegedly made it to Cambridge Analytica, the firm that worked for Trump’s campaign.

U.S. Federal Government Shutdown

Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. federal government has shut down. The federal government will remain shutdown until a funding bill is passed.

During the shutdown, the USA.gov website will be available. You can also get answers to government questions by calling 1-844-USAGOV1 (1-844-872-4681), 8 AM – 8 PM (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday.

USAGov 1800 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20405 USA