In April 2014, the FDA proposed regulations that would extend the agency’s tobacco authority to cover additional tobacco products including ecigs. These proposed restrictions would hurt the vaping industry by eliminating diversity in the market, and the consumers’ ability to customize their ecigs.
For those who might not be aware, the FDA just took another step closer to potential regulation of menthol cigarettes with their latest study. It cites that their minty taste makes it easier for people to start smoking. Menthol cigarettes account for one third of tobacco sales in the US.
For the past few months there’s been a lot of talk on ECF, Facebook, and the V4L Forum on the future plans of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about ecigs. There is only speculation at this point, but there are only a few real possible outcomes:
At the end of this month, Las Vegas will become the host for this year’s E-Cig Summit 2013. This free event put on by the Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is focused on multiple industry topics and issues. This is the first of the organization’s ongoing e-cig industry conferences. It will be open to ecigarette manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and anyone interested in the industry.
UPDATE: The FDA is no longer accepting comments for this hearing, however you can still sign this White House petition until February 13, 2013.
If you haven’t yet heard, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its intention to regulate e-cigarettes under the Tobacco Control Act. The FDA held a public hearing on Section 918 of the Tobacco Act on December 17, 2012. Many tobacco harm reduction (THR) advocates testified. The FDA has extended the comment period for the notice of public hearing. The FDA will use the testimony that was given at the hearing and written comments for a report to Congress required by the Tobacco Act.