Nashville Channel 5: Sen. Lamar Alexander says CDC and FDA can do more to save lives

Posted on November 14, 2019

The Senate health committee is trying to get to the bottom of what do to about the outbreak of lung injuries related to e-cigarettes. They want to know what federal agencies are doing to prevent young people from vaping.

Senator Lamar Alexander (R -- Tenn.) says not a single e-cigarette or vaping product has been reviewed and cleared for sale by the FDA.

Alexander says these the appearance of these devices appeal to the younger demographic because they look like pens or flash drives. 

He said those organizations can do more to save lives.

"What we discovered is that they have more authority than they are using," said Sen. Lamar Alexander. "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration could reduce the amount of nicotine in e-cigarettes, it could cause more labeling of the devices, and it could spend more to try to advise young people on the dangers of e-cigarettes."

The Director of the Food and Drug Administration, Mitch Zeller, says his agency is committed to the evolving investigation and to protecting and improving the public health.