President of the Nevada Vaping Association and CEO of Mob Liquid Labs, Alex Mazzola, pointed out that the FDA has also started conducting spot checks. “I’ve actually had an FDA agent walk in here before, they said everything was good,” he said, “[The FDA Agents] are starting to do checks.”
“I am very confident and I know absolutely what is going into the products, because I personally make all of them and we know that there’s nothing that’s going to make somebody sick,” added Mazzola.
The new FDA directive requiring e-liquid ingredients, comes after the agency’s Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb called for additional regulations, as part of recent efforts to combat what he is referring to as the “epidemic” of youth vaping.
Altria to halt sales of flavored e-liquids as it awaits the FDA’s verdict
In the meantime, while the FDA is focusing on e-liquids, Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris USA and maker of Marlboro cigarettes, is halting the sales of flavours whilst awaiting the agency’s verdict.
In a meeting with the tobacco giant, Gottlieb discussed “actions that could be taken” given the current situation. The FDA Commissioner and Altria came to the conclusion that whilst waiting for the agency’s verdict, the tobacco company would stop selling the following items:
- MarkTen Elite pod-based products.
- Apex by MarkTen pod-based products.
- All favored variants of MarkTen and Green Smoke “cig-a-like products” except tobacco, menthol and mint varieties.
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