After unveiling plans again in November to limit the sale of some flavored e-cigarette products in shops, Meals and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb could have taken a big step this week in advancing the proposed coverage.
Citing two sources acquainted with the matter, Axios reported Friday that Gottlieb met with White Home workers concerning the plan in what the location stated was “the ultimate step earlier than finishing up the coverage.” The assembly, which reportedly happened within the West Wing, is claimed to have included “officers from the Home Coverage Council, the White Home counsel’s workplace and the Nationwide Financial Council,” in accordance with Axios.
An FDA spokesperson confirmed to the outlet that Gottlieb was on the White Home on Friday however declined to touch upon the character of the assembly.
The proposed coverage goals to make it tougher for teenagers to get their palms on broadly interesting vape flavors (suppose Juul’s mango pods) by prohibiting their sale exterior of age-restricted shops or closed off areas. (The exception could be tobacco, mint, and menthol flavors.) The coverage additionally deliberate to implement age restrictions for on-line gross sales.
Gottlieb himself has stated that vaping could be a valuable tool in serving to adults give up flamable cigarettes. However Gottlieb’s effort to curb teen smoking has been a key focus of his time as FDA commissioner. And since youth vaping continues to rise, the FDA chief has gone so far as to recommend that e-cig merchandise might be pulled from the market if what he has repeatedly described as an “epidemic” of youngster smoking continues.
“I discover myself debating with tobacco makers and retailers the deserves of promoting fruity flavors in ways in which stay simply accessible to youngsters,” Gottlieb stated throughout a public hearing in January. “But when the epidemic continues to mount, I’m certain that the talk will change to one in every of whether or not these merchandise ought to proceed to be marketed in any respect with out approved pre-market tobacco purposes. It might be ‘recreation over’ for some these merchandise till they’ll efficiently traverse the regulatory course of.”