Breaking News: FDA places ban on all Juul vaping products in the US

By Sarah Butkovic | Fact-checked by MDLinx staff
Published June 23, 2022

Key Takeaways

  • The FDA has recalled all Juul vaping products in the US because they may be unsafe for consumers.

  • This ban of Juul products will drastically alter the e-cigarette market.

  • Although this recall will potentially protect consumers, it will not curb the vaping epidemic among America’s youth.

As of June 23, 2022, e-cigarette giant Juul has been asked to remove all its products from US shelves. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied the company’s premarket tobacco application that had been pending for 2 years.[]

According to the FDA, this decision applies to “all of their products currently marketed in the United States.”

Juul’s conflicting health data

This decision was made after the FDA studied conflicting data from Juul’s application to the organization. Inconclusive results regarding genotoxicity and potentially harmful chemicals in Juul’s e-liquid pods were key factors in the FDA denial.[]

FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, said that all future e-cigarette and electronic nicotine products being marketed to consumers will meet public health standards. He admitted that “waiting on this decision may have played a disproportionate role in the rise in youth vaping.”

Vaping epidemic still rages

Although Juul is partially responsible for inciting the vaping epidemic in America’s youth, the FDA decision will not stop people from smoking. 

One day before the FDA’s final decision, brand-loyal vapers flocked to smoke shops to stock up on Juul products.[]

Juul’s initial popularity among teens and young people was due in part to the flavor variety of its nicotine pods. Sweet, unique flavors like vanilla creme, fruit, and mango appealed to young audiences.

However, brands like Puff Bar, VaporLax and Hyde offer similar flavors and easily disposable pods.

With a giant like Juul off the market, consumers may turn to other brands to get their fix instead of quitting vaping entirely.

“You might have some people who buy up Juul and hoard it, but others will just switch to products that are still legal,” said Lynn Kozlowski, a public health professor at the University of Buffalo. “It’s a very diverse market.”

What this means for you

In the aftermath of the FDA decision to pull Juul E-cigarette products off the market, doctors may want to use this news as a way in to advise young patients and parents/guardians about the dangers of vaping.

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