President Trump's former Food and Drug Administration head, Scott Gottlieb, tweeted last week about his concerns that fake e-cigarettes are causing lung injuries. Tuesday night the ex-FDA Commissioner stated, "The legal vapes have been actively regulated by FDA since Aug 2017. FDA has conducted thousands of inspections of manufacturers and vape stores, published manufacturing guidance, sought product removals etc. These tragedies point to illegal vapes..."
Gottlieb went on to note that officials need to step up anti-counterfeiting investigations in order to prevent dangerous fake vape cartridges from making it onto the streets. He stated that they need to "target imports and conduct blitzes at international mail facilities to try and capture, shut down more illegal and counterfeit vapes and source some of the dangerous products. There are already published FDA lists of known dangerous ingredients to look for."
As e-cigarettes and vaping become more popular, the market for cheaper counterfeit products will surely grow. As noted by Gottlieb, this creates potentially serious health concerns that need to be addressed by consumers, manufacturers, and law enforcement officials alike. This conversation highlights how finding ways to keep dangerous fake products off the market is an increasingly important topic and one which is currently not being addressed effectively enough.