CHICAGO (AP) – Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to better regulate the electronic cigarette industry in the wake of several vaping-related deaths.
Durban criticized the FDA on Monday for its lack of oversight of the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes and nicotine vaping products to minors.
He says he sent a letter last week to acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless demanding the enforcement of existing regulations on the sale of vaping products.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported hundreds of mainly young people sickened by a mysterious vaping-related respiratory illness. At least five of those have died.
The FDA on Monday warned vaping products company Juul for illegally pitching its e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking. Juul has not responded.