Last updated on October 31st, 2018
FDA Will Now Seek Honest Information About E-Cigarettes.
On July 28th, 2017 the FDA released a groundbreaking statement which is in support of e-cigarettes.
The FDA statement came on the heels of a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study showed that electronic cigarettes can in fact, help smokers to stop smoking, and should be weighed carefully in regulatory policy.
This is great news for vapers, smokers and the vaping industry, as both the NIH study and the FDA statement acknowledges the low-risk value of vapor products.
FDA Set to Make Changes That Focus on Tobacco Harm Reduction and the Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes
The FDA admitted that current legislative and regulatory efforts must be revised. Regulations should encourage, rather than inhibit the development of innovative tobacco products, such as ecigs, “that may be less dangerous than cigarettes.”
New Date Set for Regulatory Submissions
The FDA’s announcement is not only a green light for smokers who were hesitant to switch to vaping, the public statement includes a reprieve for e-cigarette manufacturers and vape store owners. Previous deeming regulations required companies to submit costly product applications by Nov. 8th, 2018.
Now the deadline for companies to apply for product approval of has been moved to August 8th, 2022.
Had the original deadline remained, all but the largest ecig companies, (such as those owned by big tobacco) would likely go out of business. With the new regulatory date set for 2022, e-cigarette companies can continue to do business as usual and can continue to introduce innovative vaping products into the marketplace.
In his announcement, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said,
“Envisioning a world where cigarettes would no longer create or sustain addiction, and where adults who still need or want nicotine could get it from alternative and less harmful sources, needs to be the cornerstone of our efforts – and we believe it’s vital that we pursue this common ground.”
Vaping Advocates Remain Vigilant
The e-cigarette battle between those who support vaping and those who seek to destroy it will no doubt continue until all public health agencies and organizations recognize the common goal of Tobacco Harm Reduction – saving billions of lives.
According to CASAA.org – The Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives:
“Too much of the current legislative and regulatory efforts are born out of fear and misinformation.”
CASAA also put out this word of caution:
“Although this is certainly positive news from the FDA, a sincere word of caution: Those who would prefer nicotine and tobacco to be regulated out of existence will be digging in. Now, more than ever, attention must be paid to policy fights in local and state government. The delay proposed by FDA means we have more time to work on sensible regulation, but it will also embolden ideologues to fight harder against us.”
What do you think? Will the recent FDA statement encourage more people to start vaping? Will opponents to vaping become more vigilant? Please leave your comments below.