FDA approves e-cig days after Johns Hopkins finds thousands of chemicals in vaping liquid

A woman vapes a black Vuse ePen e-cigarette. The Food and Drug Administration this month authorized the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes from Vuse. Photo by Shutterstock.

For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration this month authorized the sale and marketing of an electronic cigarette. The e-cigarette is from a company called Vuse. The FDA also greenlit three of its tobacco-flavored vape cartridges, saying the benefits for people looking to ditch regular cigarettes outweighs the risks of kids vaping. 

But the announcement came less than a week after the release of a new Johns Hopkins study that found around 2,000 mostly unknown chemicals and substances in tobacco-flavored vaping liquid sold by four major brands: Vuse, Mi-Salt, Juul, Blu.

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  • Carsten Prasse - assistant professor of environmental and engineering health at Johns Hopkins University