The Food and Drug Administration ordered Juul to stop selling its e-cigarette products and remove them from store shelves, citing a lack of data and evidence to assess their potential health risks.
Under the FDA order, Juul must stop selling and distributing its e-cigarette device, as well as four types of Juul pods, which come in tobacco and Virginia menthol flavors.
The Order does not restrict consumers from owning or using Juul Products.
So far, the FDA has found no evidence that e-cigarettes or pods pose an immediate health threat. However, the agency said there was “insufficient and conflicting data” on the toxicity of the products and on “potentially harmful chemicals leaking from the company’s proprietary e-liquid pods.”
“The FDA is responsible for ensuring that tobacco products sold in this country meet the standards set by law, but the responsibility for demonstrating that a product meets those standards ultimately rests with the company,” he said. said Michele Mital, acting director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said in a statement.
“As with all manufacturers, Juul has had the opportunity to provide evidence demonstrating that the marketing of their products meets these standards,” she added. “However, the company did not provide this evidence and instead left us with important questions.”
Juul did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is a developing story.