The FDA, Vaping, and You

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and death in the United States, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Since 2009, FDA has regulated cigarettes, smokeless, and roll-your-own tobacco.  The FDA finalized a rule, effective August 8, 2016, to regulate all tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems.

Despite this, many of the vaping products available are not in compliance with the current regulations. On Monday, the FDA issued a warning letter to JUUL Labs for marketing unauthorized tobacco products, specifically to youth.

Recently Dr. Philip Corcoran of Suburban Hospital’s Cardiothoracic and Vascular Clinic at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda spoke with MCM about the need for more complete regulation of vaping and juuling. He says the health risks, especially for youth, need to be identified.

Experts from across Montgomery County will appear on MCM Connects: Our Vaping Crisis, a program to be broadcast on MCM Channels 19, 21 and 995 and live-streamed on mcmlive.org, Monday, September 16 at 7 p.m. They will discuss what parents, schools, law enforcement, small business, and the medical community are up against and what this community can do to help stop this rapidly growing problem.

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