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August 20, 2020

The Public Health Standard in Action—Analysis of the US Food and Drug Administration’s IQOS Review

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  • 1The Ohio State University, College of Public Health & Moritz College of Law, Columbus
  • 2The Ohio State University, College of Public Health, Columbus
JAMA Oncol. 2020;6(12):1864-1865. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2020.3316

With more than a quarter of high school students reporting electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use in the previous month, public health officials are scrambling to address this burgeoning epidemic.1 A recent court order is expected to place the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which has been slow to respond to rising e-cigarette use, at the center of the government’s response. Under this order, e-cigarette companies will be required to submit marketing applications to the FDA in September 2020. Unless applicants can demonstrate that use of these products is “appropriate for the protection of the public health,” the FDA will not authorize their continued sale.2

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