American Enterprise Institute Warns that FDA Regulation for Ecigs Could Backfire

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This week, the FDA submitted their final deeming regulations for e-cigarettes to the White House Office of Management and Budget. If the OMB signs off on the regulatory proposal, the final step would be the publish the regulations in “The Federal Register”. The regulations would go into effect 30 days after publication. As regulations loom, researchers are starting to worry that the FDA’s attempt to keep Americans safe could actually backfire and put the public at greater risk.

According to the American Enterprise Institute, tobacco use is now at the lowest that we’ve seen since the 1940s. Many smokers have managed to kick the tobacco habit by using electronic cigarettes, a tobacco-free alternative that provides nicotine without all of the carcinogens that make old-fashioned smoking so deadly. So far, the research we have on how ecigs impact health is limited, but there has been no evidence to show that the risk of vaping is anywhere close to the risk associated with tobacco use.

Now that ecigs are helping many people find freedom from tobacco addiction, the FDA is stepping in with regulations and it could lead to some major problems. They justify the push for regulations by pointing to recent calls to poison control where people have accidentally had inappropriate exposure to the nicotine liquids used by vapers. Alex Brill, a research fellow from the American Enterprise Institute specializes in health care policy and he believes the FDA’s well-intentioned efforts could actually put public health at an increased risk.

“The FDA, in its pursuit of protecting people from accidental exposure to nicotine, risks discouraging smokers from switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes,” Brill said. “Hampering the cessation or reduction of smoking has far more serious public health consequences than the few thousand reported exposures to liquid nicotine.”

Brill pointed out that when a smoker switches from cigarettes to tobacco-free ecigs, they will reduce their risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, lung, and bladder cancer by 50 percent within five to 10 years. In addition, ecigarettes eliminate second-hand smoke, which has been linked to heart disease, cancer, and strokes.

Ecigs are also safer on a practical level because they do not require the smoker to use a lighter or match. They are battery operated and significantly reduce the risk of fires. According to the US Fire Administration, each year there are 7,600 residential fires linked to smoking. In a side-by-side comparison, cigarettes cause far more house fires than ecig liquid causes poison control calls.

Brill said he fears that the FDA’s attempt to protect the public is only going to cause a surge in smoking. “Without question, an appropriate function of the FDA is to ensure the safety of the products it regulates, and there is a role for the FDA in ensuring that consumers are properly warned of the risks posed by various products,” he said. “No manufactured ingestible product is riskless, and liquid nicotine is no exception. Customers should be properly informed about these risks and, as with many products we keep in our homes, should be careful about how e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine are used and stored. But excessive warnings about risks associated with liquid nicotine may have the unintended consequence of discouraging smokers from switching from deadly tobacco products to safer e-cigarettes.”

So far, the FDA has been pretty aggressive in their approach to regulating ecigarettes, but it’s important to balance warnings about ecigs with additional information about how they compare to tobacco products. If the only focus of regulations is to paint ecigarettes in a negative light, it could backfire and cause more harm in the long run by causing some American smokers to return to tobacco use.

Are you concerned that the FDA’s ecig regulations could cause some people to start smoking again?

Jimmy, lover, blogger, vaper and ex-smoker. I’ve been blogging about and supporting Vaping since 2009. They changed my life and I think history will show them as one of the most significant public health invention of the 21st century.

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12 Responses

  1. shay says:

    how can i be concerned if i dont now anything about the FDA regulation for ecigs?
    i hope they will be good for us.

    • The Thrifty Vaper says:

      The link to the proposed regulation for e-cigs is in the article. Take a look at the following link:

      I do not understand how anyone in their right mind would go for this. But that’s what the FDA does.

      That grandfather date will push us back into the stone age of vaping.

    • Zach Snyder says:

      The regulations are going to put every ecig manufacturer and all e-juice company’s out of business!! Read up on it, we will no longer have anything but the eVic brand’s from big tobacco and no one wants that. This is going to shut the industry down as we know it because no one can afford to pay the outrageous fees just to have there product checked and not only that they won’t approve any of it seeing as they have never approved of any new tobacco product…..ever. You should be concerned if you vape because it’s more than likely going away and that sucks big time

  2. John says:

    They won’t be good for us as currently written. Here you go –

    • John says:

      The real problem is all of the quality devices and juices are made by small businesses that will not be able to afford the FDA’s approval process, assuming they get to continue making their stuff at all, as the FDA plans to roll all technology back to 2007. That would mean the only products on the market would be cigalikes made by big tobacco, and big tobacco should definitely not be in control of this miraculous technology.

  3. VapingSavedMyLife says:

    It’s very concerning. The FDA is in bed with Big Tobacco and the Pharmaceutical industry. It’s also troubling that anti tobacco groups use taxpayer dollars to vilify electronic cigarettes.

  4. Cid Williams says:

    Let’s face it, the FDA can say they are regulating eCigs for the purpose of safty, but really, it is all about MONEY. The tobacco industry is loosing money, BIG money, and they don’t like it, so the pressure is on. The first round of regulation has been how the products that are used to make the juices can be sold, their are major monopolies in place so that the individual user’s can not purchase products to make their own juice. It truly is a shame that the tobacco industry can’t just see that change is here, and maybe they really need to get behind the change and switch over to the hemp plant instead of tobacco.

  5. Angel Tibbs says:

    I’m concerned they are DELIBERATELY protecting their heretofore bullet proof cash cow, non flavored, non child resistant CIGARETTES, available to teens everywhere.
    They got slapped down by Judge Leon in 2009, and I believe they have been vengefully fixated on vaping ever since. The CDC and CDPH are funding lies/misinformation that is scaring smokers off of switching, and actively HARMING public health with this misinformation.
    All the wrong people make money from the sale and use of cigarettes, and that includes Big Pharma and the alphabet soup, parasitic agencies that use billions of taxpayer dollars trying to tell people how to raise their kids and live their lives with zero understanding of, or interest in, the true impact on public health this causes. Our states are slaves to MSA bonds and will never outlaw cigarettes.
    So vaping – and the ex smokers who AREN’T corporations – are our only hope.
    It’s pretty sad the real public is doing the job public health only CLAIMS to be doing, while pocketing billions to scold and misinform the public they look down on.
    This will need to be investigated. These folks need to lose their jobs. Their lies are costing smokers’ lives for all the time they waffle, misinform, and, frankly, lie. We would be better off without them…and the FDA should lose all Pharma influence before deciding anything. Thanks.

  6. Kat says:

    Thanks for this article.. It’s important that get all the proper information out there for all vapers and non vapors alike. safety is a factor but there is only so much you can do… We need to advocate and educate everyday.. I do myself since I have been vaping now 8 years! Its changed my life and the lives around me for the better.. Step up Vapers, educate others not just smokers and vapors… We need everyone to be well informed… The time is now! We are strength in numbers… We can and will be heard but we have to all come together as a community.. Please contact me if you are needing information on advocacy and Information, I’d be glad to help.. 😀


  7. Delorse Orlando says:

    E-cigs have saved life of my husband and my son. To remove this product from the market would be a travesty. So many smokers can benefit with this healthier alternative.

  8. Zach says:

    I mean to say the blue brand’s and things like that there going to take away my eVic dangit

  9. Tina says:

    I have no faith in the FDA. They have shown that they are influenced by big tobacco and the pharmaceutical companies. I have quit smoking by vaping. It has changed my life. I researched, asked my doctors questions and educated myself before vaping. Before the FDA makes recommendations they need to do more research. Vaping has nothing to do with tobacco and should not be included as such.

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