By Angela garrity
The Washington Examiner is reporting that interim FDA Commissioner Ned Sharpless has finally spoken. In his first FDA all hands meeting yesterday, he vows to crackdown on teen vaping. He signaled that the FDA would continue its efforts launched by Gottlieb to curtail tobacco use by minors. Sharpless stated, “We’ll maintain our focus on ending the use of combustible cigarettes among adults, and on preventing kids from ever starting.“
When Gottlieb announced his departure from the FDA last month, speculation ensued from some that the incoming FDA commissioner would reverse some of Gottlieb’s regulatory efforts. The administration under Sharpless’ watch has criticized those expectations.
Sharpless assured staff that the FDA would not accept tobacco or e-cigarette marketing or sales to people under the age of 18.
Sharpless previously held the position of Director of the National Cancer Institute from November 2017 until April 5th , 2018, when he was named Acting FDA Commissioner.
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