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Don't Vape Your Viagra

The great vape crackdown of 2018 has begun. The Food and Drug Administration is on the warpath against electronic tobacco sticks, and it is taking action against vape companies that don’t comply with its regulations. On the chopping block now is a company selling e-liquid that it claims can help with erectile dysfunction. To all the men who not only vape, but vape E.D. medication: Stop it.

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HelloCig Electronic Technology sells an e-liquid containing tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis, and sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. The e-liquid is called “E-Cialis” and is pictured next to a bottle of Cialis in marketing material. Cialis and Viagra are prescription drugs. The FDA hasn’t approved those active ingredients to be sold over the counter, and it definitely hasn’t approved them for vaping. Another HelloCig e-liquid called “E-Rimonabant” was found to contain sildenafil, and was marketed as an unapproved anti-obesity drug.

“Vaping active drug ingredients is an ineffective route of delivery and can be dangerous. There are no e-liquids that contain prescription drugs that have been proven safe or effective through this route of administration,” the FDA said in a statement Thursday. It warned that erectile dysfunction ingredients in particular can react poorly with medications being taken for high blood pressure and heart disease. And it gave HelloCig 15 days to address the issues with its e-liquids.

The FDA is on an anti-vaping mission to save the youths. Just last month, it made an unannounced inspection of Juul’s corporate headquarters; the teens love their trendy Juuls. And the day after telling the nation not to vape sketchy Cialis products—that ought to be common sense, but here we are—it demanded information from 21 electronic cigarette companies to see if they too were illegally marketing their products, especially to kids. Those companies included Vuse Alto, myblu, Myle, Rubi, and STIG. The FDA can enforce its rules with fines or product seizures.

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Of special interest to the FDA is flavored e-cigs, which are popular with younger users because they don’t taste like tobacco. Those could come under more regulation. The FDA is also in the process of reviewing applications from vape companies that sold products before August 2016 for FDA approval.

“The FDA remains committed to the potential opportunity for e-cigarettes to help adult smokers transition away from combustible cigarettes. But we cannot allow that opportunity to come at the expense of addicting a whole new generation of kids to nicotine,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement Friday.

For vape bros who can legally make health-related decisions for themselves, blow your milky clouds with caution. And for the love of god, choose products that aren’t laced with prescription drugs that mess with your genitals.


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