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WASHINGTON — Juul executives wrote personal checks to the head of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), right as he launched a critical probe of the FDA’s regulation of e-cigarettes.

On March 28, Comer sent a sharply worded letter to FDA commissioner Robert Califf questioning whether the agency’s decisions on authorizing certain vapes “have been influenced by political concerns rather than scientific evidence.” He also requested a slew of documents detailing the FDA’s regulatory decisions.


His concerns echoed those of e-cigarette makers, who have alleged that the FDA was banning their products because of pressure from congressional Democrats. Juul has sued the FDA in federal court, alleging that the FDA was unlawfully trying to ban its products amid political pressure.

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