Former FDA commissioner calls for a full ban on pod-based e-cigarettes

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday called on the agency to ban all pod-based e-cigarettes. "Unless we're able to change the current trajectory of tobacco-related disease, almost 6 million children alive today will die prematurely later in life from tobacco use," said Gottlieb during a speech at Harvard University.

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb on Tuesday called on the agency to ban all pod-based e-cigarettes. "Unless we're able to change the current trajectory of tobacco-related disease, almost 6 million children alive today will die prematurely later in life from tobacco use," said Gottlieb during a speech at Harvard University. "In my view, that requires us to sweep the market of all of the cartridge-based e-cigarette products in their entirety." Gottlieb, however, also said that open-tank vaping systems, such as those sold in dedicated adults-only vape shops, should still be able to stay on the market. "We can preserve for adults the open-tank vaping systems that are sold in the adult vape shops," said Gottlieb. "The kids just don't like those big open-tank contraptions." His remarks come as the Trump administration continues to weigh a final regulation that could ban most flavored e-cigarettes. The administration has not formally unveiled its plan, but the policy is expected to carve out exemptions for tobacco and menthol-flavored vapor products.