FDA’s Delay on Juul, other Tobacco Products Puts Wisconsin Kids at Risk

Lung Association urges FDA to act swiftly in ending sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol e-cigarettes

In response to the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s announcement that it is delaying a court-ordered deadline to make decisions regarding which flavored e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can stay on the market, the American Lung Association’s Advocacy Director for Wisconsin, Molly Collins, issued the following statement:

“The FDA clearly missed an opportunity to take meaningful action by punting on any decisions regarding the most prominent e-cigarettes with the largest market share. These products are marketed to our youth and are popular among our youth. The FDA’s failure makes it clear that local protections are needed.

“When the federal government fails to protect our youth and our communities, we need our state and local elected officials to act to protect the health of Wisconsin’s youth.  Every day that these extremely addictive products remain on the market, our youth and communities are at risk. According to the 2020 State of Tobacco Report, 89% of Wisconsin high school students said they would not use unflavored tobacco products. 

The most commonly used products like Juul and Vuse will continue to be sold in Wisconsin because the FDA has so far failed to follow the science and order these products removed from the market.

“Wisconsin kids need protective laws today. The Lung Association urges the legislature to take action and end the sale of all flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes.”

The Lung Association has resources to prevent tobacco use and help youth quit, specifically designed for schools, parents and teens, including Get Your Head Out of the Cloud, and our Vape-Free Schools Initiative as well as more resources available online

For media interested in speaking with an expert, contact the American Lung Association at [email protected] or at 312-940-7624.

For more information, contact:

James A. Martinez
(312) 445-2501
[email protected]

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