FDA surprises e-cigarette maker with inspection amid growing youth use

The Food and Drug Administration completed a surprise inspection of Juul Labs, an e-cigarette producer based in San Francisco, Sept. 28, according to The New York Times.

Here are three things to know:

1. FDA officials said Tuesday the agency obtained more than a thousand documents related to Juul's marketing and sales tactics. The agency was especially interested in uncovering more information about whether the company markets toward minors.

2. The inspection comes as FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, has raised concerns about how e-cigarette makers advertise their products with candy-like names and flavors. The FDA confirmed e-cigarette use in the past 30 days among high school students has grown by 75 percent since last year to roughly 3 million, according to the NYT.

3. The FDA said its inspection came after the agency requested research and marketing data from Juul in April. The company's CEO Kevin Burns said Juul forked over 50,000-plus pages of internal documents to the FDA after that request. The FDA said Juul and four other e-cigarette makers now have 60 days to produce plans focused on limiting access to youth users, according to the report.

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