Federal judge Paul W Grimm ruled to fast-track an ongoing safety review of thousands of vaping products currently being conducted by the FDA. The decision is part of a lawsuit filed against the FDA by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with other health organizations.
The AAP and associates claim that the FDA unjustifiably delayed safety and health reviews on the impact of e-cigarettes and cigars. Judge Grimm “ruled that, in 2017, the agency acted illegally by allowing e-cigarettes to remain on the market until 2022 before companies applied for FDA authorization and by permitting products to remain on the market indefinitely during review.” said Michael Felberbaum, FDA spokesperson. Felberbaum went on to say, “The agency has and will continue to tackle the troubling epidemic of e-cigarette use among kids. This includes preventing youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products like e-cigarettes and cigars, taking action against manufacturers and retailers who illegally market or sell these products to minors, and educating youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.”
Grimm allotted a 30-day period for both the Plaintiff and Defense to devise plans to move forward with the vaping products review.