KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The FDA Goes After Nicotine

by | Jun 23, 2022 | Health

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The FDA this week launched a crackdown on smoking and vaping — ordering the vaping device Juul to be taken off the market and announcing its intention to require makers of cigarettes and other tobacco products to reduce the amount of nicotine in them.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court did not announce a ruling in a high-stakes abortion case, but it said that private health insurers could limit the amount of kidney dialysis care they provide, thus forcing some patients onto Medicare.

This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of KHN, Joanne Kenen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Politico, and Rachel Cohrs of Stat.

Among the takeaways from this week’s episode:

The FDA has ordered Juul to remove its e-cigarettes from the U.S. marketplace because the company’s application to the agency did not provide enough information for regulators to determine whether Juul presented a hazard to users. The FDA said there were concerns about the risk of some harmful chemicals leaching from the Juul pods. Juul is expected to appeal the FDA decision to the courts.Juul helped ignite an explosion in e-cigarette use when it came on the market, and officials originally thought it would aid smokers seeking to kick the cigarette habit. But the industry’s use of flavored tobacco and aggressive marketing helped fuel a dramatic rise in use among teens and led to a regulatory crackdown.The Supreme Court this week ruled that employers may opt to make all dialysis treatment out of network in their workers’ health plans, a decision that would likely drive many patients to seek Medicare coverage for their kidney problems. The decision was a disappointment for dialysis providers, who receive less in reimbu …

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