Tobacco shop owners in the Oklahoma City subway are responding to the recent FDA ban and subsequent urgent calls for the product.
The FDA banned the vaping device, which was then rescinded after Juul filed an emergency appeal to the FDA, allowing Juul e-cigarettes to be sold again while the FDA ban was reviewed in federal court.
The FDA believes that Juul is not doing its part to ensure the health and safety of its customers.
"When you vape, you're inhaling chemicals from flavorings, nicotine, and various compounds that may be unsafe for our respiratory health," said Erin Vogel, a newly appointed assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma's School of Health.
Erin Vogel said Juul's e-cigarettes have been considered a safer alternative to smoking for many years, but the FDA said the company has provided insufficient and conflicting data on the product.
The FDA noted that some of the best-selling products like Juul may have played a disproportionate role in the rise in teen vaping.
"One of the concerns about this is that teens may transition to smoking combustible cigarettes, which of course is extremely harmful to them. Nicotine affects the developing brain, so teen use is really a problem," Vogel said.
A local tobacco store owner in Oklahoma City saw prices soar at dealers after the FDA's ban.
"They were panicking. They didn't think they were going to be able to get their device or its pods again. So, they did come in and bought a lot. Basically, we sold out." Owner of Liquid Paper Lounge in Oklahoma City Craig Majors said.
Craig Majors hopes Juul will reach an agreement with the FDA, believing the device could help people quit smoking.
“It’s a great alternative to combustible tobacco. Since the FDA banned it, I feel like they’re opening the door to continue to do the same to other companies, 480,000 people die every year in the U.S. from smoking … A very bad thing," Majors said.
The FDA has until this Thursday to respond to the motion to appeal, and then Juul has until July 12 to respond to the FDA's decision.