March 31, 2020

Stanton A. Glantz, PhD

FDA again prioritizes protecting vaping industry over public health

In the middle of the COVID-19 oubreak with research -- much of it funded by the FDA through NIH -- consistently indicating that e-cigarettes depress lung's ability to fight off infection, the FDA has now petitioned the court to push the May 12, 2020 deadline for e-cigarette companies to submit their applications for approval of e-cigarettes back 4 months to September 9, 2020.

This is an outrageous misplacement of priorities.  I am please that the health groups who secured the court order forcing the FDA to start processing e-cigarette applications are in court opposing this dangerous change.

PS: Even with no change in the court ruling, companies that get applications in by May 20, 2020 will still be able to keep selling their products for a year while FDA considers the applications.

My blog post on quitting smoking and vaping as a way to reduce COVID risk is here.  I update it regularly.

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