Doctors say FDA banning Juul products won’t have major impact
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – In recent years, e-cigarettes have become the center of a vaping crisis among minors.
The FDA on Thursday banned Juul vaping products, however doctors do not expect this action to have a major impact on the number of teenage nicotine addicts.
The FDA said Juul’s application did not contain enough evidence to show that marketing its products “would be appropriate for the protection of public health.”
Juul pods were behind the counter at Nashville gas stations and on Friday they were pulled from shelves and will no longer be sold.
“I think it’s a big win to get these products off the market,” said Vanderbilt Health pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Jacob Kaslow.
Kaslow said he still sees children with lung damage and other vaping symptoms. He said the Juul crisis started in 2017 and targeted kids who had never smoked before.
“I think the biggest concern we all have, outside of nicotine addiction, is really the medium to long term effects,” Kaslow said. “We have no idea.”
While Kaslow said the ban on flavored Juul products was a victory, health officials said they needed to keep moving forward.
“It’s one of hundreds of companies currently operating in this market,” Kaslow said.
A vape shop like Smoke N Glass expected this to happen. Abanob Bishara said his customers have already switched to disposable vaping products which may contain higher nicotine products.
“I carry it in my store as well as other vape shops or liquor stores, they carry Vuse most of the time, other than Juuls,” Bishara said.
Bishara said that when someone comes to ask for a product they’ve never tried before, they get a presentation on exactly how to use it.
With Juul out of the market, consumers have similar options.
“You have to put them in some kind of liquid vape kit before you start using them, because each individual vape kit depends on the e-liquid you use in it,” Bishara explained.
Although there are products to help quit nicotine, Dr. Kaslow shared that they can still be dangerous for children.
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