Juul Labs, a single of the biggest e-cigarette makers in the planet, released a statement to news media on September four announcing the company’s help for a flavor ban lately instituted by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat.
Whitmer utilized her executive energy to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. Juul, in-type, responded with the complete help for aggressive policies targeted at minimizing youth uptake of e-cigarettes.
“As governor, my quantity a single priority is maintaining our youngsters secure,” mentioned Whitmer in a previously released statement sent to Vaping Post. “And proper now, firms promoting vaping solutions are utilizing candy flavors to hook kids on nicotine and misleading claims to market the belief that these solutions are secure. That ends currently.”
Nancy Brown, the chief executive officer of the American Heart Association, moreover applauded Whitmer’s choice in the identical press release.
“Gov. Whitmer’s action will safeguard Michiganders, specifically the state’s youth, from the identified and unknown prospective well being dangers of e-cigarette use,” Brown mentioned.
Regardless of the reality that there are many research that show flavors assistance smokers switch from cigarettes to vapes, the policy was nevertheless implemented. Offhand, look at the conclusions of Greek cardiologist Konstantinos Farsalinos of the Onassis Cardiac Surgery Center in Athens.
Farsalinos wrote in a document submitted to the United States Meals and Drug Administration that thousands of American vapers choose non-tobacco flavored e-liquids and vape solutions more than regular tobacco characterized flavors like mint and menthol.
“Non-tobacco flavors, specially fruit and dessert/pastry/bakery flavors, are the most prevalent possibilities of the adult established, devoted US e-cigarette customers,” Farsalinos wrote in the submitted document, citing a study that he carried out on 70,000 American vapers. In the identical document, he indicated that such a study is the biggest survey of its type carried out to date.
Juul, nonetheless, has adopted regulatory positions that position the controversial enterprise (even in the market) as an outlier to vaping regulations. These policy alterations include things like help for the pricey premarket tobacco solution approval course of action in its present kind and Tobacco 21 legislation. Several market groups, such as the Vapor Technologies Association (VTA), oppose these policies citing issues that smokers aged 18 to 20 will drop legal access to safer nicotine solutions and other option tobacco solutions like snus.
As I commented late final month, Juul left the VTA simply because of disagreements on policy.
Beneath, I have posted the complete statement sent to Vaping Post by Ted Kwong, a Juul spokesperson.
From Juul Labs:
“While we have not reviewed the complete choice, we think that robust and serious actions need to be taken about specific flavored solutions which is why we currently stopped promoting our non-tobacco/non-menthol based JUULpods to traditional retail shops, strongly help FDA’s draft guidance and are aggressively fighting against counterfeit and compatible flavored solutions which can appeal to youth and can be created with unknown components, below unknown top quality and manufacturing requirements. There is just no location for kid-attractive flavors in the marketplace. That is why we would also help an outright ban on such flavors, such as these that mimic kid-precise candies, foods, and drinks.
“As for menthol-primarily based solutions, such as mint, we think that to encourage adult smokers to switch from combustible use, the quantity a single bring about of preventable death in the planet, they should be accessible at retail alongside tobacco and menthol-primarily based cigarettes. To restrict youth access even in these shops, we strongly advocate for Tobacco 21 laws and are operating with retailers to implement the strictest age-verification point-of-sale requirements ever imposed for an age-restricted solution at retail, far exceeding these in location for other tobacco solutions or for alcohol. Under JUUL Labs’ Retail Access Handle Requirements (RACS) plan, a point-of-sale method at retail straight away locks when a JUUL solution is scanned and remains locked till a retailer electronically scans a valid, of-age government-issued I.D. to confirm each the age and the I.D. validity.”