Time Running Out To Comment on FDA E-Cig Regulation
In the course of considering the regulation of electronic cigarettes, the FDA asked the public at large to comment on many things, especially personal experience with e-cigarettes and vaping. The purpose of this was to get perspective how people are using these products and the get a sense for the experience of e-cig consumers.
As it’s written, the proposed regulations include a minimum age limit of 18 for persons buying E-cigs. They would also require electronic cigarette companies to apply and receive FDA approval to sell any product containing nicotine. There are serious concerns about this approval process limiting competition and innovation. Existing products would be given 2 years to receive this approval.
There is good news for vapors in the proposed rules as well. Online sales will not be stopped and E-cig companies will be able to advertise health benefits upon proper scientific study.
If you can’t say anything nice…
It may seem inviting to leave a comment that expresses frustration with the process or the government in general. After all, it seems like every comment board online has become a bizarre political argument. The fact of the matter is that in this case, what they are asking for is none of that, and they should and will likely throw away responses like this one:
“Thanks for handing over th entire industry to Big Tobacco. Real ecig users don’t want to use ecigs that came out before 2007 because they suck. The battery life is horrible and we’ll all have to walk around with chargers in our pockets, and these companies force you to buy proprietary flavors and cartridges, giving us little to no choice. Most people who enjoy the freedom of using advanced products which work way better will go back to smoking cigarettes.Your decision proves that the FDA did little to no research on the issue. Cigarettes will always be worse for you then ecigs, no matter how inconclusive your studies are. Thanks for failing to do your jobs, just like Congress. You’re all the same. Susceptible to corporate kick backs and populist outrage. To people like me, you did ban ecigs. “
Aside from having a loose grasp on the facts, he can’t really think this is going to make it to anyone important, can he?
On the other hand, this is a home run:
“I just turned 65 years of age. I began smoking when I was 13 years old and over the years have tried repeatedly to quit. I’ve tried: ‘cold turkey’, acupressure, classes, patches and gum, etc. to no avail. Then I discovered ‘vaping’. As of today, I haven’t had a ‘real’ cigarette in 7 months. That may not seem like a long time to some, but for me it’s monumental. Using a vaporizer is the first thing I’ve ever tried that has truly worked long term. Not only do I not smoke regular cigarettes anymore, I’ve also realized that I often go for hours before even thinking of using my vaporizer…. “
There’s more to the comment and you can read the rest here: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2014-N-0189-1362
You see, this comment has a story to it and asks questions politely. It doesn’t point the blame at anyone, and they talk about how they think research should be done first. That’s a good point, and since it’s well written and doesn’t misrepresent facts, it’s going to get a lot more attention.
It’s important to work on submitting your comments before the end of tomorrow. Go to this site to help with the fight, and make your fellow vapers proud!
To Comment, Click HERE and press the “Comment Now” button to let them know how you feel by Midnight EST Monday, June 9th.