USA – In April of 2019 the CDC warned of the dangers of vaping and pressures from states banning flavored e-cigarettes. Today Kevin Burns has stepped down as chief executive of JUUL after this health crisis.
CDC is providing consultation to state health departments about a cluster of pulmonary illnesses possibly related to e-cigarette product use, or “vaping,” primarily among adolescents and young adults. Many states have alerted CDC to possible (not confirmed) cases and investigations into these cases are ongoing. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with CDC and state health officials to gather information on any products or substances used and providing technical and laboratory assistance. FDA encourages the public to submit detailed reports of any unexpected tobacco- or e-cigarette-related health or product issues to the FDA via the online Safety Reporting Portalexternal icon. While some cases in each of the states are similar and appear to be linked to e-cigarette product use, more information is needed to determine what is causing the illnesses.
JUUL also announced they will withdraw from all advertising in the U.S. the company has already removed the youth-focus social media after Food and Drug admonition demand action.
Health officals keep seeing more cases everyday and more states are banning flavored e-cigs.