March 13, 2019: The FDA announced premarket approval requirements for all flavored e-cigarette products, with a deadline to file by August 8, 2021. This new deadline is one year earlier than previously proposed. No flavored tobacco products will be allowed on the market if they have not submitted applications to the FDA after this date. The FDA has stated they believe this will cause some flavored tobacco products to no longer be on the market.
Any electronic nicotine delivery device that contains flavors will need premarket approval by August 2021. This would include products like JUUL with flavored pods, as well as e-juice products used with vape mod or vape box product. Menthol and mint flavors are exempted and can continue to be sold.
The focus of today’s FDA announcement was focused on flavored tobacco, both electronic devices and other flavored products such as flavored cigars. The FDA may issue more updates regarding regulation of batteries such as 18650 batteries, which paired with vape box or vape mod devices have resulted in fires, explosions, injury, and even death.
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