Anti-Vaping Groups Sue the FDA to Reinstate the 2018 PMTA Deadline

Are you serious? What did the industry do to deserve this?

Anti-vaping groups are suing the FDA to push the agency to enforce its original deadline for all vaping products to go through premarket review. The original deadline was Aug. 8, 2018.

Seven organizations and five individual pediatricians filed a lawsuit in the Maryland U.S. District Court, claiming that the FDA’s four-year postponement of the due date for filing premarket tobacco applications (PMTA’s) exceeded its authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.

The FDA announced last July that it was postponing the deadline until Aug. 8, 2022. The delay allows products that were already available for sale on Aug. 8, 2016 to remain on the market without seeking authorization until the new deadline in 2022.

The following are the organizations that are part of this lawsuit; American Academy of Pediatrics, Maryland chapter - American Academy of Pediatrics, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative

All other parts of the FDA Deeming Rule that went into effect in 2016 remained in place; it was just the deadline for submission of PMTA’s that changed. But to hear the lawsuit’s plaintiffs tell it, the PMTA deadline postponement unleashed an onslaught of kid-attractive products designed to lure “our kids” (as Matthew Myers says) into addiction. And the number-one culprit, of course, is JUUL.

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