July 30, 2020 / 5:28 PM / 14 days ago

Juul submits application to FDA to keep selling e-cigarettes

A worker sweeps as people walk pass the Juul shop at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/Files

(Reuters) - Juul Labs Inc said on Thursday it submitted an application to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that would allow it to keep selling e-cigarettes, which face heightened scrutiny over a surge in teenage vaping.

The company, in which Altria Group (MO.N) owns a 35% stake, has provided scientific data from over 110 studies evaluating the product’s impact on tobacco users and non-users, including those who are underage.

Vaping companies are required by the FDA to provide a Premarket Tobacco Product Application (PMTA), which will include scientific data to show a product is appropriate for public consumption.

Manufacturers have until Sept. 9 to submit their application, failing which their products will be pulled from the market.

Once an application is submitted, companies can keep selling their products for a year from the date of deadline, without official approval, or until a negative action is taken by the FDA.

Reporting by Aditi Sebastian; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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