Controversy Erupts Over FDA’s Approval of Menthol E-Cigarettes

FDA's Approval of Menthol E-Cigarettes
FDA's Approval of Menthol E-Cigarettes. Credit | Rebecca Zisser/Axios

United States: Health experts are shocked by the decision made by the FDA which shows the blessing on using menthol e-cigarettes, arguing that it could attract the youngish generation youths towards vaping, and there are numerous other associations which are against the decision this could come dependence too.

The government defended its choice to approve four flavoured vaping products manufactured by Njoy.

Government’s Defence

 “In this case, the strength of evidence of benefits to adult smokers from completely switching to a less harmful product was sufficient to outweigh the risks to youth,” the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products director of Office of Science Matthew Farrelly stated in an agency news release announcing the authorization. This was based on a rigorous scientific review.

However, health campaigners and anti-tobacco organizations needed to be more convinced by that reasoning.

Health Activists’ Rebuttal

 “The FDA’s decision moment to authorize the trade of four menthol e-cigarettes made by Njoy– the first time the agency has authorized the trade of any e-cigarettes– is deeply disquieting given the expansive scientific substantiation that menthol is a flavor that appeals to kiddies and the FDA’s repeated conclusions that e-cigarettes, including menthol- seasoned products, have driven youth e-cigarette use,” Yolonda Richardson, chairman and principal administrative officer of the Tobacco- Free kiddies, stated in a statement.

” The tobacco assiduity has a long history of using menthol seasoning to attract and addict children, and scientific substantiation shows that menthol is a flavor that kiddies find appealing.” The CDC claims that tobacco enterprises add menthol to tobacco products to make them feel lower harsh and less charming to youthful people added by Richardson.

Agreed by Anti-Smokers Experts

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network president, Lisa Lecasse, stated in a statement that “this decision is a missed opportunity for the FDA to do the right thing, especially in light of the administration’s refusal to finalize rules to prohibit menthol in cigarettes and all flavors in cigars.” “By authorizing the sale of menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, including two disposable menthol e-cigarettes, the agency is continuing to allow Big Tobacco to addict yet another generation of youth to their products.”

The American Academy of PediatricsPediatrics’ president, Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, likewise voiced his profound disappointment with the choice.

FDA’s Acknowledgment

 “The American Academy of Pediatrics is deeply disappointed that the Food and Drug Administration has properly allowed  flavoured tobacco products appealing to children, considering all the information that we currently possess on this matter.”

In the application for authorization, Njoy’s data showed that the menthol e-cigarettes helped smokers lower their use of traditional cigarettes. The FDA noted that, but the agency still emphasized that the products are not safe.