By: Moira Szilagyi, MD, PhD, FAAP, president, American Academy of Pediatrics
“Today’s decision from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to remove all JUUL products from the market represents a major victory for public health. Ever since JUUL products came on the market, they have been appealing to and addicting youth, and pediatricians have been urging FDA to act.
“JUUL has had an outsize role in contributing to the public health epidemic of youth e-cigarette use and today’s action is one essential step to reverse this damage and ensure a tobacco-free future for this generation of young people.
“We also support FDA’s decision to remove JUUL’s menthol products from the market. Menthol-flavored e-cigarettes, with their cooling mint flavor, are no different from other flavors that are used in tobacco products to lure and addict young people. To date, the FDA has not ruled on applications for any other menthol e-cigarette products, and this decision is a step in the right direction.
“It is time for FDA to finish this process and remove all flavored e-cigarette products, including menthol, from the market once and for all. We cannot wait any longer to do what is right to protect the health of children and teens across the country.”
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org and follow us on Twitter @AmerAcadPeds