Sales of Drug-Spiked Nicotine Could Sink E-Cigarettes' Smoking Cessation Chances
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet & The Rose Sheet
Since Commissioner Gottlieb's appointment, US FDA has challenged END industry more aggressively to eliminate products and advertising targeting children and has said sales to minors could be a focal point of an FDA action to ban all e-cigarette sales. Finding pharmaceutical ingredients in liquid nicotine could make a general ban on e-cigarette sales more likely in addition to imperiling approval for a smoking cessation indication.
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