Keller and Heckman Partner Azim Chowdhury was interviewed for the Law360 article, “Product Liability Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2024.” The article outlines a few different regulatory and legislative developments happening in 2024, including more enforcement in the e-cigarette industry. Azim noted that the industry will most likely see enforcement against unauthorized flavored disposable e-cigarettes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Additionally, the e-cigarette company Juul may finally receive decisions regarding their products from the FDA, which initially denied the applications for its tobacco- and menthol-flavored products. Juul also filed an application for a new tobacco-flavored device that has new features to prevent underage use, which the FDA has indicated interest in, according to Azim.
Juul has been blamed in the past for an increase in youth vaping rates; however, the 2023 National Youth Tobacco Survey reported a decline in high schoolers’ use of e-cigarettes, with 580,000 fewer students using them last year.
“Hopefully the trend continues and we see youth vaping continue to fall, and hopefully will translate into an FDA that’s more open to considering these products for adults,” commented Azim.
To read the full article, please click here (subscription required).
These topics and more will be covered at Keller and Heckman’s 2024 Annual E-Vapor and Tobacco Law Symposium. Be sure to save the date: January 29-30, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Details and registration information can be found here.