House Panel Takes Steps To Exclude Some E-Cigs from FDA Regulations
Months after the FDA Deeming Regulations were pushed back, a panel in the House of Representatives is making moves to scale down the FDA’s effective ban on vaping. According to PBS NewsHour, the House Appropriations Committee, which has a Republican majority, approved legislation Wednesday that “would prevent the FDA from requiring retroactive safety reviews of e-cigarettes already on the market.”
New vaping products would still be subject to the FDA’s required Pre-Market Tobacco Analysis (PMTA) testing, but this legislation would protect vape stores across the country from certain financial ruin that would come with the cost of testing the millions of products and iterations already on their shelves. A similar exemption was voted down by House Democrats a few months ago.
The legislation has come up against resistance from panel Democrats, who question the safety of e-cigarettes and believe vape products are marketed to entice children. Representative Nina Lowey (D-N.Y.) initiated a move to preserve the original deeming regulations, but it was voted down 30-22, PBS NewsHour reports.
This new provision, which promises to give the vaping industry a huge safeguard, was added to legislation for the FDA’s fiscal year, which begins in October. Opponents worry that if this exemption goes through, it may make new vape products seem more acceptable. It might also signal additional hope for vape shops if the new administration is able to further edit the FDA’s deeming regulation in favor of e-cigs.