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Balancing Act: FDA Announces Ban on Some Vape Flavors

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is going ahead with a ban on fruit and mint flavored vaping products, USA Today reports. The ban which was announced on Thursday, January 2, 2020, will go into effect within 30 days. 

Balancing Act for FDA

Alex Azar who is the Secretary for the U.S. Health and Human Services were quoted in the article as saying the ban tries to “strike the right public health balance” between taking away popular flavors used by teenagers, while also keeping flavors such as menthol and tobacco around for those who use vaping as an alternative to regular cigarette smoking. 

Not Far Enough 

Many anti-tobacco and public health groups are coming out against the ban saying that it does not go far enough to curb children’s access to vape products. This action by the FDA is more limited than what it was previously considering back in September of 2019. 

In response to the backlash, Azar commented saying that after analyzing data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s report on future trends, youth were primarily vaping fruit and mint flavors with a smaller percentage preferring menthol. 

Marketing Crackdown

The FDA is also going after companies who market their products to children. A federal court order is now in place that requires vaping companies to submit an application by May 12, 2020, in order to continue to be able to advertise. Those who miss the deadline can face enforcement by the FDA. 

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FDA Confirms Asbestos Present in Certain Claire’s Cosmetic Products

[:en]The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this week that they discovered asbestos fibers in three of Claire’s cosmetic products.

How long had the FDA been looking into Claire’s?

The FDA has been looking into reports about asbestos in Claire’s cosmetic products since 2017 according to an article by the Washington Post discussing the findings. Claire decided to voluntarily recall the products as a result. The affected products include compact powder, eye shadow, and contouring kits by the store’s own label (check out our other blog post on the products here).

Did the FDA place any restrictions on Claire’s as a result of the findings?

Unfortunately, no. Due to the guidelines of the administration which have not been updated since the late 1930’s, the most the FDA can do is issue a safety notice warning customers to steer clear of those particular products.

What has been Claire’s response to the release of the findings?

Claire’s has continued to deny that their products contain asbestos, saying that the findings have been “mis-characterized” according to a spokeswoman for the company.

I have been injured due to asbestos exposure. What resources are available to me?

If you or a loved have been hurt through exposure to asbestos, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 to schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys. Please also visit our practice area page on asbestos here for additional information. [:]