U.S. Senator Mitt Romney has urged federal health authorities to consider recalling e-cigarettes in the wake of recent hospitalizations and deaths associated with vaping, report The Hill.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Romney expressed concern that experts don’t know what’s been causing people to become ill, other than the fact that they had used e-cigarettes.
For the Food and Drug Administration to consider recall, a product must be dangerous and defective to the extent that it “predictably could cause serious health problems or death.”
In his letter, Romney said Azar should consider whether e-cigarettes meet this threshold.
Federal officials have not identified a single vape product or substance linking all the cases.
Most patients reported using e-cigarette products containing elements of marijuana, including THC, but some patients also reported using nicotine-based products as well.
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