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FDA 'Heatstick' OK Clouds Agency's Youth Vaping Campaign

Law360 (May 8, 2019, 10:00 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve Philip Morris' heated tobacco device sets a high bar for other heated tobacco products looking to enter the market, but the agency’s action seems at odds with its recent campaign against youth vaping and has some public health advocates scratching their heads.

Philip Morris’ IQOS device electronically heats tobacco to produce an aerosol containing nicotine. The FDA took two years to review Philip Morris’ application for premarket approval of its IQOS product, which electronically heats tobacco-filled, paper-wrapped sticks to produce an aerosol that contains nicotine. Already sold overseas, IQOS is the first...

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