Vaping Industry Leaders Call on Senate to Stop Unfair FDA Regulations
As the vaping industry continues to grow, it also gains strength to fight unfair legislations. Right now, we are facing FDA regulations that could essentially destroy the vaping world as we now know it. Thousands of products would be eliminated from the marketplace and many vapers would ultimately return to tobacco use. In light of the serious matter of these issues, America’s largest vaping trade association is urging US Senators to step in. The Smoke Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) is asking the Senate to amend a new spending bill to add language that would essentially save the vaping industry.
SFATA is putting its full support behind Republican Rep. Tom Cole, whose bill would change the proposed grandfather clause for vaping products. The FDA has currently proposed that all ecig products released after February 15, 2007 will be forced to submit a pre-market tobacco application (PMTA). This costly and time-consuming process is beyond the realm of possibilities for 99 percent of vaping related businesses. In fact, experts estimate that every product facing the PMTA process will cost anywhere from $2 to $10 million. When you consider that most vaping companies sell hundreds of products that would be required to submit these applications, it is simply an unreasonable expectation.
Cynthia Cabrera, president and executive director of SFATA, said in light of the FDA’s approach, it’s time to turn to our Senators. “We are focusing our efforts on the Senate Appropriations Committee, urging members to consider the same language in the House’s Agriculture spending bill which funds the FDA,” she explained. “We’re asking Senate members to ‘recede’ to the House provision in final conference before any spending bills are sent to the president’s desk. The good news is that the approved House spending bill doesn’t cut the FDA’s budget, it just precludes them from using any of the funds to implement February 15, 2007 as the deeming date.”
Cabrera said SFATA is fighting hard because time is short. The spending bill must be passed by December 11 or we could face another government shut down. Of course, SFATA isn’t the only group battling to save the vaping industry. Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, has also called on Congress to change the deeming date. He warned lawmakers that “unlike smokers, adult vapor product consumers are becoming single-issue voters who correctly attribute their switch from combustible tobacco products to smoke free alternatives like e-cigarettes to saving their lives. To crush this new and emerging industry would reverse decades of efforts to get people to quit smoking.”
With so much at stake, we cannot afford to sit idly by and hope that the FDA will make appropriate regulations. It’s clear that their current regulatory proposal will destroy the vapor products that many smokers need to remain tobacco-free. Have you contacted your Senator to express your concerns about the grandfathered date? If not, take a few minutes to make a call today!