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FDA temporarily suspends order banning Juul cigarettes : NPR


An electronic cigarette from Juul Labs is seen on February 25, 2020 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

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FDA temporarily suspends order banning Juul cigarettes : NPR

An electronic cigarette from Juul Labs is seen on February 25, 2020 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

Brynn Anderson/AP

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued an administrative stay of the order it issued last month for vaping company Juul to remove its e-cigarettes from the market.

The agency said on Twitter that the stay temporarily suspends the marketing denial order while it conducts further review, but does not rescind it.

The FDA issued the initial order banning sales of Juul on June 23. A day later, a federal appeals court temporarily blocked the government ban.

The FDA’s initial action was part of a broad effort by the agency to bring scientific scrutiny to the multibillion-dollar vaping industry after years of regulatory delays.

To stay on the market, companies must demonstrate that their e-cigarettes benefit public health. In practice, this means proving that adult smokers who use them are likely to quit or reduce their smoking, while teenagers are unlikely to become addicted.

The FDA initially said Juul’s application left regulators with significant questions and did not include enough information to assess potential health risks. Juul said it submitted enough information and data to address all issues raised.

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit granted Juul’s stay request while the court considers the case.

On Tuesday, the FDA said it had determined “there are scientific issues unique to the Juul app that warrant further review.”

Still, he said, the suspension and review “does not constitute authorization to market, sell, or ship Juul products.”

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