For years, vaping companies have been fooling the federal agencies about nicotine consumption. Their shelves were closed last week when the US Food and Drug Administration was given authority to regulate the products marketed by the companies in a variety of flavors.
The vaping manufacturing companies have been making synthetic nicotine in the lab in order to avoid FDA oversight. Synthetic nicotine is not derived from tobacco. The FDA now has the authority to regulate tobacco products containing nicotine from any source.
From now on, all the non-tobacco nicotine manufacturers and sellers have to follow the FDA’s guidelines. These guidelines also include the prohibition of selling drugs under 21. Moreover, no manufacturer or seller can claim their products are less harmful than other similar tobacco products on the market, says a CNN report.
Also, all the companies that manufacture and sell these products have to register them with the FDA and have to submit an application by May 14 if they wish to stay in the market legally.
As per the latest reports, about 6.6 million nicotine products were submitted to the FDA, including e-cigarettes. More than 85 percent of the products were rejected, and only about 1.2 million products were rejected. This figure itself highlights how dangerous the standards of these products are.
Before this mandate, the FDA leaders authored an opinion in The Hill. According to the FDA leaders’ opinion, the vaping companies change their nicotine source after the organization issues warning against them.
According to a CNN report, the brand Puff Bar was the most popular among students in 2021. As per the report, more than a quarter of high schoolers vaped the same brand. In the FDA’s new guidelines, this brand is also among the organization’s oversight.
For years, vaping companies have been selling their products by advertising that their products as safe or danger-free for humans. But most of these companies use synthetic nicotine, which leads to many harmful lung diseases. Also, in some cases, it leads to addiction.