The U.S Food and Drug Administration today authorized several tobacco-flavored products from Logic Technology Development for sale in the U.S.. The brands include Logic Vapeleaf, Logic Power and Logic Pro, including hardware devices. The agency also issued marketing denial orders to Logic for multiple other electronic nicotine-delivery systems (ENDS) products. Any of those products currently on the market must be removed or FDA may take enforcement action, according to the FDA.
These products were authorized after the agency said its review of the product applications concluded, among other things, that the “likely benefit for adult smokers who significantly reduce their cigarette use (or who switch completely and experience cigarette use cessation) outweighs the risk to youth, provided that the company follows postmarketing requirements to reduce youth access and youth exposure to their marketing.
While today’s action permits these specific products to be sold in the U.S., it does not mean these products are safe nor are they “FDA approved.”
“Retailers should contact Logic with any questions about products in their inventory. Applications for Logic’s additional products, including menthol, remain under FDA review,” an FDA release states. “The FDA has taken action on approximately 99 percent of the nearly 6.7 million ENDS products submitted for premarket authorization, including issuing marketing denial orders for more than 1 million ENDS products.”
The agency is close to making additional decisions on applications for popular ENDS products that account for a large part of the market. The continued marketing of these products has the potential to have a substantial public health impact—either positively or negatively—as they hold an overall large market share and are used by a lot of people.
“As a cardiologist, I’ve personally seen the devastating health effects of tobacco use, so I’m highly motivated for the FDA to help reduce death and disability caused by these products,” said FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf. “We know that there is a demand among adult smokers to use e-cigarette products to try to switch from more harmful combusted cigarettes, but millions of youth are using these products and getting addicted to nicotine. The balance of these issues was considered by the agency’s career scientists when evaluating the potential marketing of e-cigarette products. They have made great progress and I know they will use the best available evidence with the most robust methods to ensure that products that continue to be marketed are appropriate for the protection of the public health.”
Under the premarket tobacco product application (PMTA) pathway, manufacturers or importers must demonstrate to the agency, among other things, that marketing of a new tobacco product would be appropriate for the protection of the public health. That statutory standard requires the FDA to consider the risks and benefits to the population as a whole, including users and non-users of tobacco products. The FDA must also consider the likely impact of the products on people’s behavior—specifically, the likelihood that existing users will stop using such products and the likelihood that those who do not use tobacco products will start using such products.
This is especially important for youth. Before a product is authorized under the PMTA pathway, the agency reviews a tobacco product’s components, ingredients, additives, constituents and health risks, as well as how the product is manufactured, packaged and labeled.
“Ensuring new tobacco products undergo premarket evaluation by the FDA is a critical part of our work to reduce tobacco-related disease and death,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “For the authorized products, the manufacturer demonstrated that possible benefits to adult smokers outweigh the risk of youth possibly initiating. We are making progress in our review of flavored ENDS, and we will continue to deny marketing of products where the applicant hasn’t provided enough evidence to show that the potential benefit to adult smokers outweighs the considerable risk to youth. We are committed to continuing to take the appropriate actions to protect our nation’s youth from the dangers of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which remain the most commonly used tobacco product by youth in the United States.”
Logic is only the second company to have vaping products approved for marketing by the FDA. In Oct. of 2021, the agency authorized the marketing approval of three outdated vapor products to the RJ Reynolds (RJR) Vapor Company for its Vuse Solo device and two tobacco-flavored pods. The agency also denied Vuse PMTAs for flavored products other than tobacco.