Major health groups oppose unlawful e-cigarettes regulation delaying that could last until 2022, which may produce more teen smokers.
On Tuesday, some of the prominent health organizations registered a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in which they have claimed that a decision taken by the agency of delaying the regulations for e-cigarettes can lead to expose teens and young adults to the adverse tobacco addiction.
Executive vice president for advocacy and health quality department of the American Heart Association, Mark Schoeberl said that, “The American Heart Association believes protecting the health of young people in this country should be one of the FDA’s top priorities and that’s why our organization joined this lawsuit.”
The major health organizations suing FDA include the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Truth Initiative, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some private individual pediatricians are also involved in filing the case registered in the federal court of Maryland.
Emeritus professor of the public health, Kenneth Warner from the University of Michigan said in a statement that, “A series of studies have suggested that e-cigarettes can aid smokers looking to quit, and a costly and lengthy regulatory process could limit the market to large tobacco companies. You’re guaranteeing you’re going to kill off all the novel products and we’re going to once again be favoring the cigarette which is by far the most deadly of all tobacco products. There is this enormous anxiety in the public health community about e-cigarettes leading kids to smoke — we don’t know that that’s true.”