As more discoveries in the positive health benefits of using electronic cigarettes are made, the federal government is running out of reasons to defend the recent industry regulations.
The FDA’s "deeming regulations" included liquid nicotine products into the federal Tobacco Control Act this past August. This action received harsh criticism due to the fact that no vapor products actually contain tobacco. The FDA and public health advocates are insisting that vaping is a gateway to the use of real tobacco products, particularly amongst teenagers and young adults.
Vape advocates are claiming that the FDA and other agencies are ignoring multiple studies that show e-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than cigarette smoking and other natural tobacco products.
These studies also prove that pharmaceutical smoking cessation aids fail to help tobacco users kick the habit 90% of the time.
By regulating the vape industry, products that have helped thousands of smokers quit will be pulled from the market - further increasing the public health and economic burden of tobacco related illnesses.
Recently, two reports aim to bring President Trump and the U.S Congress into the battle.
The first report is by Clive Bates of Counterfactual, R Street Institute's President Eli Lehrer and David Sweanor, a University of Ottawa law professor. “Reshaping American Tobacco Policy” challenges the new tobacco policy and says the regulations will shut down thousands businesses across the country, as well as destroy chances of an effective smoking alternative for the American public.
The report lays out eight strategies to fight smoking and “ignite a public health revolution.” The strategies include cancelling the FDA deeming rule before it destroys the U.S. vaping market, using new labels to inform consumers about relative risk, restoring honesty and candor to public health campaigns and refocusing tobacco science on public interest and not bureaucratic expansion. (Kathy Hoekstra, Watchdog.org)
As Bates wrote on his site, this is the argument he is bringing to the Trump Organization and the still undecided FDA Commissioner.
“Rethinking Tobacco Policy: The Federal Government Should Stop Blocking Alternatives to Smoking.” is the second of the two reports aiming to make light of the new tobacco policy.
Jeff Stier, a risk analyst for the National Center for Public Policy, claims federal agencies are continuing to spread untrue information about products that could help 4-8 million smokers kick the habit and improve public health tremendously.
As our industry gradually gains support among government officials and the general public, the chances of a bill that will reform the recent tobacco policy seems more and more likely to pass.
We recommend staying up to date on local vape taxes and regs to make sure you are ready to take action when you need to most. We will do our best to report to you state, local and federal regulation updates as they occur