FDA order Juul Labs stop selling vape devices and cartridges

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered that Juul Labs Inc. stop selling its vape devices and cartridges on Thursday, citing “insufficient evidence to assess the potential toxicological risks” of using the products, according to a report by Fox News.

“Today’s action is further progress on the FDA’s commitment to ensuring that all e-cigarette and electronic nicotine delivery system products currently being marketed to consumers meet our public health standards,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement announcing the move.

“The agency has dedicated significant resources to review products from the companies that account for most of the U.S. market,” he continued. “We recognize these make up a significant part of the available products and many have played a disproportionate role in the rise in youth vaping.”

The FDA acknowledged that it “has not received clinical information to suggest an immediate hazard associated” with the use of Juul’s devices or pods and said the agency’s marketing denial orders (MDOs) against the company because “there is insufficient evidence to assess the potential toxicological risks” of using the products.

Appealing the agency’s decision

Juul disputed the FDA’s claims in a statement, saying they would appeal the agency’s decision:

“We respectfully disagree with the FDA’s findings and decision and continue to believe we have provided sufficient information and data based on high-quality research to address all issues raised by the agency,” Joe Murillo, Juul’s chief regulatory officer, said in a statement.

“We intend to seek a stay and are exploring all of our options under the FDA’s regulations and the law, including appealing the decision and engaging with our regulator,” Murillo said.

“We remain committed to doing all in our power to continue serving the millions of American adult smokers who have successfully used our products to transition away from combustible cigarettes, which remain available on market shelves nationwide.”

Additional information

The FDA’s action, which was anticipated after The Wall Street Journal reported on it on Wednesday, is being applauded by those who oppose Juul and the vaping industry but is incensed by adult users of the product, many of whom have expressed their outrage on social media.

“Juul is the only way I was able to quit [cigarettes],” one person Tweeted following the announcement that the products are now banned. “How are they gonna ban Juul’s (sic) but allow cigs? It’s all a ploy so big tobacco makes $$$.”

Vuse e-cigarettes were discovered to be almost twice as popular among high schoolers who vape as Juul products, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report from the previous year.

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