Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer Wants FDA Regulations Sped Back Up
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is trying to ruin a good thing for vapers (and really for smokers too). Just months after FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced that the FDA’s vaping regulations would be delayed, Schumer is pushing to enact the FDA regulations sooner than later and he’s taking a familiar approach: combining fear-mongering and children to villainize vaping.
According to CBS, Schumer is “calling on the FDA to move swiftly forward with their oversight regulations,” citing studies that have shown a growing number of teens have at least tried e-cigarettes. Schumer is specifically motivated by devices like the Juul, which some say teens are concealing while in school and vaping while in the bathroom.
Even if you ignore the fact that other studies contradict the theory that teens are vaping in increasing numbers, Schumer’s attack on e-cigarettes doesn’t make sense. For one, he’s ignoring the recent, surprisingly sensible admission by the FDA that vaping could be a preferred alternative to smoking.
In August, the FDA announced that it was shifting its approach to e-cigs and looking into easing restrictions on vaping and other “innovative tobacco products that may be less dangerous than cigarettes.” If this is one big step forward, Schumer is insisting we take two giant leaps back.
Schumer has yet to introduce any legislation on the matter, so hopefully this is all just political rhetoric as 2018 approaches and will all blow over. In the meantime, New York Post reports that Schumer has suggested electronic cigarettes cause nicotine addiction and he’s called e-cigs a “ticking time bomb.”
I don’t know about you, but for most vapers, them’s fightin’ words.
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