During a subcommittee hearing in July, Krishnamoorthi's staff revealed that a Juul representative had told students that the company's device "was much safer than cigarettes" and called the products "totally safe".
The FDA warning also cited a letter from Juul's CEO that appeared on the company's website and in an email sent to a parent who complained that the company had sold products to her child. Juul, which has three-quarters of the vaping market, has also been the target of lawsuits over allegations that it targeted teens with deceptive marketing practices.
The FDA warning comes after the House Committee on Oversight and Reform held hearings on Juul's role in the youth nicotine epidemic in July.
"Regardless of where products like e-cigarettes fall on the continuum of tobacco product risk, the law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific evidence that their specific product does in fact pose less risk or is less harmful", he said. The rep also showed students a Juul device and claimed the FDA "was about to come out and it was 99 percent safer than cigarettes".
Juul said it discontinued its school programs last September. But there is virtually no research on the long-term effects of vaping. Juul and similar small, discrete e-cigarettes have become a scourge in USA schools nationwide.
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Last year, the agency had requested documents from Juul to examine the high rates of youth use and had conducted a surprise inspection at Juul's San Francisco headquarter and seized documents.
The FDA ordered Juul to respond within 15 working days with corrective actions and its plan to comply with federal law. E-cigarettes generally heat liquid containing nicotine. The industry is under mounting scrutiny due to a surge in teenage vaping and recent deaths that public-health officials have connected to inhaling vapor from e-cigarettes. The FDA has proposed regulations on e-cigarettes that would restrict their sales in most stores, though they have not been finalized.
First lady Melania Trump says she is anxious about the "growing epidemic" of e-cigarette use among USA adolescents and teens. The FDA has been investigating Juul for months but had not previously taken action against it. In the past year, researchers have published several papers analyzing Juul's use of "nicotine salts", a formulation which allows users to inhale higher levels of nicotine with reduced throat harshness.
The company uses a nicotine concentration of 5% in its products, which could potentially increase their addictiveness, and nicotine salts that are used to mask the harshness of nicotine, the agency said questioning their usage.
In response to Durbin's criticism, FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Caccomo said in an emailed statement on Friday that the agency looks forward to "engaging with Senator Durbin, along with all members of Congress, on this ongoing and very serious situation".