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E Cig Industry Update – FDA Extends Public Comment Period to August 8

Filed in News & Politics by on July 7, 2014

Just over two months ago, the FDA released proposed regulations that would extend its authority over tobacco products to include electronic cigarettes; introducing regulations to the e cig industry for the first time ever.

fda e cig regulationsAfter taking over three years to generate and publish their proposed deeming regulations, the FDA gave the public a mere 75 days to analyze the document and submit comments. In response, ecig consumers, public health officials and other stakeholders in the e cig industry flooded the docket with their input regarding e cigarettes and requests for an extension of the comment period.

Due to public outcry, the FDA extended the comment period by 30 days, making the new deadline August 8.

What can you do?

Share your thoughts on the proposed statutes by submitting your comment. The FDA has requested specific types of information from consumers and others involved in the ecig industry; including personal stories, relevant research, informed opinions and observations:

“FDA is seeking comments, including supporting research, facts, and other evidence, as to how e-cigarettes should be regulated based on the continuum of nicotine-delivering products and the potential benefits associated with e-cigarettes.”

This is what the FDA is looking for in comment submissions:

“- Provide a clear statement of whether you support or oppose the proposed rule.

– Explain your suggested changes.

– Include data, research, and analysis that support your position. Include a copy of articles or other references.

– Refer to the docket number listed in the Federal Register notice [docket number is: No. FDA-2014-N-0189]”

You can also request another extension of the comment period…

Overview of the Proposal

Published to the Federal Register on April 25, 2014, the name of the proposed rule is a mouthful: “Deeming Tobacco Products To Be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, as Amended by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act; Regulations on the Sale and Distribution of Tobacco Products and Required Warning Statements for Tobacco Products.” Try to say that three times fast.

The proposal, if passed without revision, would…

– Categorize e cigarettes as tobacco products
– Establish guidelines for e cig manufacturers, distributors and retailers
– Establish minimum age requirements for consumers wishing to purchase e cigarettes
– Prohibit the distribution of free samples of e-cig products
– Allow all flavor varieties to remain on the market
– Allow online sales

Do you support or oppose the proposed rule? What do you think about the FDA’s requests for comments?


Comments (3)

  1. Larry says:

    This proposed rule only strengthens my long-held contention that the majority of government mandates are for the egotistical purpose of control. In many cases, these types of “rules” are made by those wishing, only, to justify their existance in the ruling bureaucracy. First come the baseless rules, then “special” taxation, then personal and class-action lawsuits…culmanating in the demise of the electronic vaporing industry.

    Will we (the clueless sheep) ever learn? Of course I oppose this proposed rule, as should every American, whether they use e-cigs, or not. Wake up people, before it’s too late!!!

    • Jessie says:

      I agree with Larry on this one. As an e-cig user, I have been convinced to give up regular cigarettes for this rather healthier option and the government is doing nothing but taking away my freedom to smoke. I totally oppose!

  2. Fstop says:

    In agreement with Larry, FDA regulations only serve to impose unjust taxation laws that violate Constitutional, Fair Trade, and Consumer Protection Rights.
    I’m tired of “Taxation without Representation”. While tobacco regulations are at best hypocritical while FDA administrators protect those industries poisoning the ‘Food Chain’ and destroying the planets ozone in exchange for ‘Jet Setting Access’ & gratuitous decadency to these government officials, their family, friends and associates by knowingly poisoning and lying to America’s citizens and consumers.
    While outlawing smoking in public allow oil companies to burn CO2 that emits unprecedented heat radiation levels, melting ice caps and billion year old tar pits releasing gaseous ethanol into surrounding water.

    Come on FDA tend to the microscopic food labels describing bottles of sugar water called juice cocktail labeled to sell as Juice. Poisons in processed food written so tiny that a magnifying glass is useless. Deluge of pharmaceuticals with side effects worse than what they are supposed to treat… erectile dis-function, really.

    After smoking for 48 year I am 7 days @ 1.2 nicotine without a tobacco cigarette this day of July 27, 2014. Next week I will try to go to .6 nicotine and will stay there till I can go to 0 Nicotine. V2 electronic cigarettes already provide an honest detail description of its tobacco flavored ingredients. As of yet there is nothing indicating any carcinogens as in so many products FDA puts on American Families’ Dinner table.
    Why are tobacco cigarettes even still on the market? They are more addictive than heroin. Where was the FDA when tobacco companies were in full swing seducing America and the world at large on vacation courtesy of American Tobacco?
    Nicotine patches and gum are super expensive and none ever worked except to make me feel sick.
    FDA is working as an agent of Tobacco Interest here not the American peoples’ health, again.