NEW YORK (WENY) – New York Attorney General Letitia James is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes and nicotine products.
The Attorney General lead a coalition of 31 states and territories, which gathered last week to specifically eliminate youth-appealing flavors in e-cigarette and oral nicotine products (such as pouches, gum, and lozenges), limit their nicotine levels, and restrict marketing.
The coalition comes after the National Library of Medicine published a study saying e-cigarette use among high school students increased from 1.5% in 2011 to 11.7% in 2017, and then to 27.5% in 2019. Data from 2020 shows that 19.6% of high school students have used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days
The FDA will be responsible for deciding whether to allow nicotine products to stay on the market through Premarket Tobacco Product Applications (PMTAs).