FDA Outlines Path to E-Cigarette Approval

WEDNESDAY, June 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- On Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave makers of e-cigarettes a clearer directions on getting their new products approved.

To get FDA approval companies have to prove that their products "would be appropriate for the protection of the public health,"CNN reported.

The agency's action comes a month after a federal judge ordered the FDA to expedite its review of the vaping products already being sold.

It took a lawsuit from many health and antismoking advocates to force the agency to act. The lawsuits claim is that the FDA was in violation of the law by allowing companies to sell these products until 2022, before they had to seek approval.

Dr. Ned Sharpless, FDA's acting commission, acknowledged in a statement that: "There are no authorized e-cigarettes currently on the market."

According to the agency, its job is judge how these products affect behavior. Specifically, if nonsmokers will start using e-cigarettes and if e-cigarettes do help people quit tobacco cigarettes.

In addition, the FDA plans to analyze what ingredients are in these products, how they are made and how they are sold and labeled.

The review might look at risk such as exploding batteries and nicotine poisoning of kids, CNN said.

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