Dick Durbin berates FDA commissioner over e-cigarette inaction

Sen. Dick Durbin discussing tobacco use
Sens. Richard Durbin (C) and Todd Young talk about their proposed "Tobacco to 21" legislation during a news conference, May 8, Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) sent acting FDA commissioner Ned Sharpless a biting letter on Wednesday, writing that he believes Sharpless has "no intention" of addressing the youth e-cigarette epidemic after a meeting between the two on May 14.

What he's saying: Durbin warned Sharpless not to make the same mistakes as his predecessor Scott Gottlieb by underestimating the impact of rampant youth vaping. "I write to again reiterate the specific actions that FDA should be taking, today, to protect children from a lifetime of addiction."

E-cigarette flavorings may pose heart risk, study finds

Young people vaping.
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Chemicals used to flavor electronic cigarettes can damage cells that line blood vessels and may pose a risk to a user's heart in the long term, according to a study published Monday.

Why it matters: The study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, is the latest evidence that vaping may be harmful.