The City of New York has announced a federal lawsuit Wednesday against 22 online e-cigarette vendors that sold their products to New York minors. The complaint alleges online retailers do not have age verification systems in place to screen customers who may be minors and deliberately market their products to minors in violation of city law. Read more here.
By Shefali Luthra
In an almost uniform response to the impending exit of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, city and county public health officials are urging the Trump administration to go bigger in its response to adolescents' growing use of e-cigarettes.
The issue, they say, is reaching crisis levels and many worry the FDA's much-touted efforts are falling short.
Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County was featured on Channel 7 News in Miami about an innovative new peer-to-peer campaign where high school kids highlight the dangers of e-cigarette use to fellow students.
By Megan Thielking
The FDA is expanding its investigation into how e-cigarette businesses might be illegally marketing their products. The FDA fired off letters to 21 e-cigarette companies — both manufacturers and importers — seeking information about about whether their products were on sale before August 8, 2016. That's the date when the FDA started requiring new or modified products to receive clearance before hitting the market. Meanwhile, leaders of more than two dozen urban health departments — from Austin to Boston — just sent a letter to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb urging him to ban flavors in e-cigs and vapes.