Is the FDA Banning Vaping?
No, the FDA is not banning vaping…yet.
On June 24, 2022, the very next day after the FDA declared its ban, the order was temporarily blocked by an appeals court. This means that Juul Labs, and all the other vaping companies who were not named in the decision, can continue selling their products while the FDA ban on Juul products is reviewed.
The FDA has approved e-cigarettes and vaping products from some companies like Logic and R.J. Reynolds while rejecting others. The FDA has also previously warned Juul Labs specifically in 2019 about its advertising practices and unproven statements, but years later the company still has not provided enough satisfactory research findings to back up its claims.
Instead, Juul Labs made modifications to its product line after public backlash regarding teen vaping. They eliminated fruit and dessert flavors, only offering tobacco and menthol varieties that are less appealing to students and teens.
However, in 2022 the FDA is also considering a ban on menthol-flavored tobacco products (including cigarettes and cigars), over similar concerns that the minty flavor of menthol makes these dangerous products too appealing. The issue remains that Juul products do not have enough data to declare they are safe.
Vaping is still allowed, but even FDA-approved vaping products and e-cigarettes have the potential to cause new lung diseases and worsen underlying health conditions.