Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner asking for increased regulation of illegal electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) products.
Miyares emphasizes that despite efforts to curtail underage access to vaping and e-cigarette products, there is no centralized enforcement mechanism or license to hold shops accountable.
Additionally, many illegal knock-off ENDS products are being brought into the country from China and pose the risk of being laced with fentanyl, Miyares claims. He says the FDA must focus on bolstering enforcement and regulation to mitigate the possible risks associated with youth-targeted products.
The letter states that “the Associated Press recently advanced the opinion that the influx of illegal disposable ENDS products are due to ‘the Food and Drug Administration’s inability to control the tumultuous vaping market more than three years after declaring a crackdown on kid-friendly flavors.'”