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The FDA, Vaping and the “Nicotine Arms Race”
JUUL sought to circumvent EU limits
As state officials urge the FDA to limit the amount of nicotine allowed in U.S.-market vaping products, internal documents reveal that JUUL tried to circumvent the nicotine limits set by European regulators.
Call for Nicotine Limits
The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing thousands of premarket applications for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products to determine whether they can continue to be legally sold in the U.S. after September 2021.
On August 18, 31 state attorneys general, including California AG Rob Bonta, issued a letter calling on FDA Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D., to end the ongoing “nicotine arms race” among e-cigarette manufacturers by denying all premarket applications for high-nicotine vaping products.
U.S. e-cigarette manufacturers presently offer e-liquids with up to 59 mg/mL of nicotine, almost three times what current European regulations permit. Woodcock has previously said that “fewer kids would become addicted … if there were no e-cigarettes in the U.S.