What the upcoming FDA hearing means for vapers
This is a guest post written by Morandir835, an e-cig enthusiast, admin on the Vapor4Life forum, and a regular on their ECF sub forum.
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 e-cigs. There is only speculation at this point, but there are only a few real possible outcomes:
1) The FDA decides that they will regulate e-cigs. This means all hardware and juice will have to be approved and tested by them before it can be bought or sold. It also means an end to mods, e-cigs being tax-free, and a number of current USA-based juice makers. It could potentially put an end to Chinese juices being allowed into the country as well.
2) The FDA decides to classify e-cigs like they do analogs. Meaning ‘Big Tobacco’ (BT) gets control, not the FDA. The only change the FDA will enforce will be the flavorings, in other words no more fruit or sweet flavors. This will still result in e-cigs being sin taxed just like regular cigarettes. The true impact of BT being in control of e-cigs is the double-edged sword of the three possible outcomes though. It keeps the FDA out of them on one hand, but unlike even the biggest e-cig vendors out there today, BT has money to throw in whatever direction they wish. What this means is an end to all the vendors out there now, either by buy-out or tying them in courts.
3) Enough people sign the petition and the FDA not only got enough feedback from vapers but took what they had to say into consideration to leave e-cigs alone. The only way this can happen is if enough of us vapers actually speak up.
There is a White House petition taking place right now titled “Prevent the FDA from regulating or banning the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, accessories, and associated liquids.” This petition will accept signatures until February 13. It states: “The FDA has repeatedly stated its intent to propose a “deeming” regulation to apply Chapter IX of the FSPTCA to e-cigarettes. But Sections 905 and 910 would ban all e-cigarettes, and other provisions of Chapter IX would also decimate the e-cigarette industry, protect cigarette markets and otherwise threaten public health. The FDA should NOT propose or approve any regulation that would deny cigarette smokers legal or affordable access to less hazardous smoke-free alternatives. ~ Bill Godshall
E-cigarettes and associated accessories and liquids are less hazardous than cigarettes and can reduce the risks of smoking. With the use of these devices, millions have successfully reduced the use of cigarettes. Don’t let the FDA deny us access to these alternatives to smoking.”
The petition for the FDA on regulations.gov is no longer active. But, you can still sign the White House petition above or e-mail your state representative with your feelings on e-cigs.
Contact Morandir835 via e-mail at [email protected] or through his page on ECF.
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