FDA should've acted faster to stop youth vaping, lawmaker says

A U.S. Representative grilled the FDA during a hearing this week, saying the agency should have acted faster to curb the popularity of vaping among young people, according to CNBC.

In 2017, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pushed back the agency's deadline to start reviewing e-cigarettes from 2018 to 2022. A federal judge ruled in May that the FDA neglected its duty when it decided to postpone its review and ordered the agency to begin its review, according to CNBC.

"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," said Frank Pallone Jr., D-N.J., during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Sept. 25.

The subcommittee held the meeting, titled "Sounding the Alarm: The Public Health Threats of E-Cigarettes," to discuss a vaping illness that has affected at least 530 people and killed at least ten.

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