Vaping Industry Group Sues to Delay FDA Review of E-Cigarettes

THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A vaping industry group has launched legal action to delay the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's upcoming review of electronic cigarettes.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kentucky, the Vapor Technology Association claims that the deadline of next May to submit e-cigarettes for review could put many smaller companies out of business, the Associated Press reported.

The FDA has had the power to regulate e-cigarettes since 2016 but has repeatedly pushed back its timeline to review the thousands of vaping products on the market.

Anti-tobacco groups sued the FDA to speed up the process and last June, a federal judge set a deadline of next May for all companies to submit their vaping products for federal review. The FDA has until next month to appeal the decision, the AP reported.

The FDA has now set five different deadlines, according to the vaping group's lawsuit. The FDA declined to comment on the lawsuit.

E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular since they first appeared in the U.S. more than a decade ago, but little is known about their long-term effects.

Health experts have warned that the U.S. has an epidemic of vaping by underage teenagers, the AP reported.

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