E-Cigarette Industry Not Regulated By FDA; Death Toll Rises

Across the nation, the loss of life due to vaping-related diseases have risen. Last Wednesday, the legislators railed against the Food and Drug Administration for not regulating the e-cigarette industry.

The Georgia Department of Public Health declared the state’s first death identified with vaping-related lung sickness. The 35-year-elderly person had a background marked by overwhelming nicotine vaping, yet no history of vaping THC, as relayed by the state. The Florida Department of Health further revealed that the prolonged usage of e-cigarette led to an untimely death.

Cases of E-Cigarette in the Country

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated last week that 530 confirmed and probable cases have been confirmed in 38 states and one U.S. territory.

Also, the House Energy and Commerce Committee met owing to the outbreak of vaping related illnesses. It led to the democratic lawmakers questioning the acting commissioner of the FDA, Ned Sharpless, regarding the agency’s decision in 2017 to push the review for the vaping industry.

In relation to that, a statement issued by Pallone states, “I firmly believe that many aspects of the youth vaping epidemic could have been addressed if the FDA had moved forward with reviewing all e-cigarettes on the market when it first had the chance two years ago” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., the committee chairman, said, as cited by  CNBC.

The FDA also launched a probe along with CDC, the agency is conducting a criminal investigation into the nationwide epidemic, but investigations still have a long way to go. As for other states such as Michigan, New York, and Rhode Island, these states have banned vaping flavors, while Massachusetts has opted to stop the selling of all vaping products.

It appears that even President Donald Trump supports the banning of e-cigarette. According to him, the government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes across the country.

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