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WASHINGTON — The FDA suddenly reversed course this week on its efforts to ban Juul e-cigarette sales, an embarrassing about-face that calls into question the reasoning behind the agency’s initial decision, experts said.

Tuesday evening, the Food and Drug Administration announced it was giving Juul’s application for its vaping products a second look because of “scientific issues … that warrant additional review.” The move came less than two weeks after the FDA made international headlines for ordering all of the vaping giant’s products off the market, prompting praise from lawmakers and advocates alike.


The FDA previously said that Juul “did not provide [sufficient] evidence and instead left us with significant questions,” which prevented the agency from granting its application. But now, it seems, the FDA is acknowledging there is additional information in Juul’s application that regulators didn’t adequately consider.

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