Could the e-cigarette industry soon start paying a user fee to the FDA? Maybe, if lawmakers approve the Trump administration's request.
President Donald Trump's 2020 budget plan proposes a new user fee for e-cigarette manufacturers in order to bolster the FDA's efforts to curb teen vaping.
The White House says the fee could bring in an additional $100 million in funding per year.
Traditional tobacco companies already pay the FDA annual or quarterly fees, which are capped at $712 million. Adding the vaping industry to the tab would give the agency more funding to address public health issues, including the youth e-cigarette trend.
It's a topic outgoing FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has made a priority during his time leading the agency.
Under Gottlieb, federal health regulators have been implementing policies to crack down on e-cigarette makers in an effort to curb what the FDA's called "epidemic" teen vaping levels.