Westport’s FDA Head Hopes To Snuff Out Juuls

Westporter Dr. Scott Gottlieb was in the news on Wednesday.

Dr. Scott Gottlieb

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration took aim at e-cigarettes. Targeting both manufacturers and sellers, he gave Juul and 4 other major makers 60 days to prove they can keep their wildly popular devices away from minors.

The FDA also warned 1,100 retailers and issued 131 fines for major corporations — including 7-Eleven and Walgreens — that sell e-cigarettes to people under 18.

The New York Times said Gottlieb’s “aggressive approach against private industry is unusual for an official in the business-friendly Trump administration which has sought to roll back numerous environmental and health regulations.”

But, it added, “critics said that his decision last summer to extend a deadline for e-cigarette manufacturers to demonstrate that their products comply with public health concerns helped perpetuate the the current problem.”

Gottlieb told the Times that “the immense popularity of vaping among teens and the growing addiction among young people was not something he foresaw last summer.”

Juul pods: empty (left) and full.

Regarding actions taken by Juul and other companies since then, he said, if they’d had the impact he intended, “I wouldn’t be viewing the statistics I’m now seeing.”

The Times quoted legal experts, who predicted a “protracted legal fight” over the FDA’s threats.

(To read the entire New York Times story, click here. For one Westport teenager’s story about his e-cigarette addiction, click here.)

5 responses to “Westport’s FDA Head Hopes To Snuff Out Juuls

  1. Gerald F. Romano, Jr.

    Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner Food & Drug Administration,
    I’m with you 1,000%
    May I mention a few other bad vices I wish you would prohibit:
    Cigarettes / main cause of lung cancer
    Marijuana, cocaine, opioids, addictive and killing thousands of people every year
    Just to mention a few
    Can this be taught in are schools starting in First grade
    Building a wall on are southern United State borders would help stop the flow of drugs into our country
    Etc, etc, etc,
    Dr. Scott Gottlieb can you give me your thoughts
    Sincerely,
    Gerald F. Romano, Jr.

  2. Great topic for all of us with school-age kids, and Juuling is a problem – especially since the thing is designed to be stealthy, and look like a USB drive. I completely support what Dr. Gottlieb is trying to do. Could have done without the gratuitous Trump-bashing, which is completely irrelevant to this story and detracts from the point.

  3. Daryl Styner, D.D.S.

    This is just another example of our government, enabling the “tobacco industry” to create another generation of nicotine “addicts”, who will eventually have related health issues and/or cancers that are directly tied to their products. Shame on all of those involved! Science, has long ago proven the health related consequences, and yet our governments, at both federal & state levels, have yet to wipe their hands clean of this industry!

  4. This indeed is a surprise considering that, just last year, representatives of the tobacco and vaping industries were praising the Trump administration for eliminating restrictions designed to protect public health, making it easier to get vaping products approved and on the market. I hope this new crackdown helps keep these dangerous and addictive products out of the hands of minors.

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