Oklahoma vape shop sees surge in Juul sales as court reviews FDA ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Oklahoma City Metro tobacco store owners are responding to the recent FDA ban and subsequent emergency appeal for the product.

The FDA banned the vaping devices, then it was lifted after Juul filed an emergency appeal with the FDA, again allowing Juul e-cigarettes to be sold while a federal court considers the FDA ban.

The FDA says Juul has failed to do its part to ensure customer health and safety.

“When you use an e-cigarette, you inhale chemicals into your lungs from the flavoring, the nicotine, all kinds of compounds that may not be safe for our respiratory health,” Erin Vogel said. , incoming assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health. Science Center.

Erin Vogel says that for years Juul’s e-cigarettes were considered a safer alternative to smoking, but the FDA says the company provided insufficient and conflicting data on their product.

FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo Juul products are displayed in a smoking room in New York City. Philip Morris and Altria have ended merger talks and JUUL’s CEO is stepping down from the top job as criticism over vaping continues to escalate. The companies confirmed last month that they were in talks, more than a decade after splitting into two companies. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The FDA noted that some of the biggest sellers like Juul may have played a “disproportionate” role in the rise in teen vaping.

“One of the concerns about this is that teenagers might switch to using combustible cigarettes to smoke, which of course is extremely harmful to them. Nicotine can impact the developing brain, it so is really a problem when teenagers use it,” Vogel said.

A local Oklahoma City tobacco shop owner saw a price spike from the distributor after the FDA issued a ban.

Customers emptied its shelves, stocking up on the device.

“We absolutely have people coming in, and they panicked. They didn’t think they could get their device or the corresponding pods anymore. So they came and bought a lot. Basically, we sold out,” said Craig Majors, owner of Liquid Vapor Lounge in Oklahoma City.

Craig Majors hopes Juul can reach a settlement with the FDA, saying the device can help people quit smoking.

“It’s a great alternative to combustible tobacco. And by the FDA ban, I feel like they’ve just opened the door to continue doing the same with other companies, which in America 480,000 people die each year from smoking cigarettes. .. that’s a really bad thing,” Majors said.

The FDA has until next Thursday to respond to the appeal, then Juul will have until July 12.e to respond to the FDA decision.

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