Last updated on November 17th, 2015
Here Are the Top ECigarette News Stories for October, 2015
Oct 17th, 2015
New York Times Editorial Supports E-Cigarettes As Being Safer Than Cigarettes.
Business Columnist for the Times, Joe Nocera, blames the FDA for not permitting e-cigarette companies to make reduced-harm claims when recent reports indicate ecigs are far safer than tobacco cigarettes.
Surprisingly, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids' director Matt Myers, a long-time opponent of e-cigarettes, agreed with Nocera adding that it is the FDA's fault for delaying ecig regulations six years and allowing this situation to get out of control.
The scientific community does not dispute the fact that e-cigarettes are safer than tobacco cigarettes; however, the general consensus is that the anti-tobacco movement's treatment of e-cigarettes has misled the public into believing that vaping is just as harmful as smoking.
Medical Journal Report Flagged for Blatant Inaccuracies Suggesting ‘Popcorn Lung' Was Caused by E-Cigarettes
When a public statement by Chest Medical Journal linking a dangerous disease “popcorn lung” to e-cigarette use, it was flagged by renowned scientific researcher Dr. Konstantinos E. Farsalinos. The report, which appeared in EurekaAlert was promptly removed.
According to Dr. Farsalinos, the study was deemed erroneous for several reasons.
- The whole case report is NOT about popcorn lung disease (bronchiolitis obliterans), but about a case of acute hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
- There is no information on whether the patient was using e-cigarettes for a long time before the first episode or between the two episodes. In both episodes, the condition was resolved without any reported long-term effects.
- The authors did not present any analysis of the liquids used by the patient, to establish a link between diacetyl and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
- Even if we assume that diacetyl was implicated, the condition is completely irrelevant to popcorn lung disease.
- The condition resolved quickly and without any long-term adverse effects, which is not the case for “popcorn lung” (bronchiolitis obliternas).
FDA Sends OMB Tobacco Regulations For Final Review
The FDA has submitted the final “deeming” regulations on cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels and dissolvable products to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) .
This is the eighth in the 9 regulatory steps required to deem whether the tobacco products are under the FDA’s jurisdiction. E-cigarettes have been included in the category of tobacco products since they can contain nicotine which is derived from tobacco leaves.
If approved, nine regulations that already apply to tobacco cigarettes will also apply to e-cigarettes. Of particular concern to the electronic cigarette industry is the requirement that all manufacturers of e-cigarettes not on the market as of Feb. 15, 2007, submit a premarket tobacco application (PMTA) to the FDA within 24 months following the effective date of the final deeming regulations. Any “harmful and potentially harmful constituents” in all products (all e-cigarettes and vaporizers) must be reported. The FDA will then decide whether the product may be sold.
This would require thousands of new products introduced to the market over the past 8 years to have a PMTA application filed for each and every piece of merchandise. (SKU)
The Wall Street Journal estimated a single PMTA application could cost a manufacturer between $2 million and $10 million per SKU.
According to CASAA (casaa.org) those costs are beyond the means of most e-cigarette companies. 99.9% of the vapor products currently on the market will be gone within two to four years.
CASAA urged e-cigarette supporters to call the White House to protest the regulations. Tens of thousands of harm reduction advocates responded; in fact, the lines were so busy, many were unable to get through.
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