|From the FDA website linked below...|
"Now, the Food and Drug Administration—after reviewing scientific research on the safety of NRT products sold over the counter (OTC)—has decided that some warnings and limitations specified in the directions for use on the labels of these products are no longer necessary to make sure they are used safely and effectively to quit smoking.
The changes that FDA is allowing to these labels reflect the fact that although any nicotine-containing product is potentially addictive, decades of research and use have shown that NRT products sold OTC do not appear to have significant potential for abuse or dependence. [my underline, NRT=Nicotine Replacement Therapy]"
Since vaping isn't combustion tobacco and its also sold "OTC" how is this different?
Yet in their response to NicoPure's lawsuit here is what the FDA says about nicotine (page 4, first paragraph):
"Second, the magnitude of the public health harm caused by tobacco use is “inextricably linked” to nicotine addiction. 75 Fed. Reg. 69,524, 69,528 (Nov. 12, 2010). “The pharmacologic and behavioral processes that determine tobacco addiction are similar to those that determine addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine.” [my underline]"
A somewhat different story.
Yet I can buy these FDA-approved NRT products OTC anywhere - on Amazon, for example.
I don't have to do a single "age check."
Amazon doesn't know if its me behind the screen placing the order or my 13 year old grandson...
And they don't even think nicotine is addictive on their NRT web site.
Do these gums, etc. have actual leaf tobacco in them - nope.
And neither does vape.
The only difference I see is that the FDA has no control over vaping yet hence it cannot be an NRT.
Despite millions around the world no longer smoking "combustion tobacco."
People come into vape shops all the time, I personally have had this experience, and say their doctor told them to start vaping.
Again, where's the truth here FDA?