Va­p­ing com­pa­nies sue to de­lay US re­view

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WASHINGTON — A va­p­ing in­dus­try group sued the U.S. gov­ern­ment on Wed­nes­day to de­lay a re­view of thou­sands of e-cig­a­rettes on the mar­ket.

The le­gal chal­lenge by the Va­por Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion is the lat­est hur­dle in the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s years­long ef­fort to reg­u­late the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar va­p­ing in­dus­try, which in­cludes mak­ers and re­tail­ers of e-cig­a­rette de­vices and fla­vored so­lu­tions.

The va­p­ing group ar­gued that the lat­est dead­line of next May to sub­mit prod­ucts for re­view could wipe out many of the smaller com­pa­nies. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Ken­tucky.

E-cig­a­rettes first ap­peared in the U.S. more than a decade ago and have grown in pop­u­lar­ity de­spite lit­tle re­search on their long-term ef­fects, in­clud­ing whether they can help smok­ers quit cig­a­rettes.

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