Crackdown on E-Cigarettes Coming, FDA Chief Says

(From The Washington Examiner)

The Food and Drug Administration will step up its crackdown on e-cigarette sales to teens, the head of the agency said Tuesday.

Lawmakers on a House Appropriations subcommittee grilled FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about excessive use of e-cigarettes among youths. The FDA has the authority to go after e-cigarette makers and retailers if they violate a ban on sales to people under 18, but lawmakers questioned if the agency was doing enough.

Gottlieb said the FDA will crack down on youths’ use of e-cigarettes in the coming weeks.

“We are going to take some vigorous enforcement steps to try to perceive what we see is inappropriate use by youth,” Gottlieb said, refusing to elaborate on when the action will happen.

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