• July 9, 2020

US FDA seeking insight into proposed additions of potentially harmful chemicals in vapor products

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking public input on proposed additions of potentially harmful chemicals found in e-cigarettes and vaping liquids.

The agency on Monday began accepting comments on adding 19 toxicants to an established list of harmful ingredients found in vapor and tobacco products, according to a story in the Washington Times.

“As our oversight and scientific knowledge of tobacco products has evolved, so too should our requirements for manufacturers and importers to provide information about the chemicals or chemical compounds in their products that cause or could cause harm to users and nonusers,” acting FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless said in a statement.

The agency’s 60-day period for accepting comment ends Oct. 4.

The FDA’s request for comments on the proposed toxicants follows a study in which Yale and Duke university researchers found that compounds in different Juul products could cause irritation and damage to the lungs.