Published on November 23rd, 2016 | by Jimmy Hafrey
FDA Regulations Must Be Corrected To Save Vaping
While the FDA is continuing with its plan to place vaping under the same regulations as tobacco, some small business owners and activists are calling for a compromise.
One of these activists, Ron Marshall, wrote an editorial for the Great Falls Tribune, a newspaper that is located in the state of Montana. Marshall is a former smoker and a vape shop owner who has two stores, located in Bozeman and Belgrade, Montana. He is also an outspoken critic of the deeming regulations.
Marshall spoke about the effects that these FDA regulations, which we have written extensively about in the past, will have on vape shops and, more importantly, their customers. He stated that should the FDA continue with its plan to enforce Pre-Market Tobacco Applications, or PTMAs, on all vape products, the industry would collapse.
For those of you who may not be familiar, the PTMAs is a lengthy and expensive process in which vape companies must submit every individual product, including juices at different nicotine levels, for review by the FDA. This process takes hundreds of hours in legal work to complete and is estimated to cost companies upwards of one million dollars per product and can take up to two years to complete.
Adding to this is the arbitrary pre-dictate date of February 14, 2007. This date is the marker that the FDA is using to decide which products must go through this process. Because the vape market did not fully appear in America until late 2008, this means all products currently on the market will have to undergo this process.
As Marshall explains, this part of the regulations is the most devastating. Already, over 50 companies and shops all over the country have closed. This has left many in the industry to wonder if this wasn’t a sinister play on the part of Big Tobacco to eliminate their biggest competition.
But the truth is that vaping has been helpful for smokers who want to quit. Marshall lists not only his experiences with his own customers as evidence by this, but also points to the UK’s Department of Health, Public England, releasing a report that states that vaping is 95 percent safer than smoking. He also goes on to explain that the customization of vaping, which has been at the heart of the FDA regulations, is also one of the reasons that it has been such an effective smoking cessation method.
But not all is lost. There is an amendment that has been passed by the House of Representatives that is promising. The Cole-Bishop amendment, as it is known in Congress, shortens the review time for vape products while ensuring that the products are not completely removed from the market. It also includes strengthening health warnings on vape products as well as restrictions on marketing of products, both of which are lauded by the vape industry.
Marshall has made it clear, however, that in order for this amendment to be made law, it must be passed by the Senate this year. Because the session is almost over, it has never been more important to ensure that this amendment makes it onto the docket.
Vape activists and concerned consumers, this is your time to help the vape industry. Call your Senator today by using this website and let them know how important this piece of legislation is to you. Emails are also encouraged, but the best way to make sure that your Senator gets the message is to call their office directly. Change can only be enacted when you take action.