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Breaking News: White House squashes proposed FDA ban of flavored e-liquids

Posted by Matt Rowland on

After nearly a month of chaos and contempt in the vaping industry over the May 5 announcement of the new FDA e-cig regulations, the White House recently deleted specific language that would have banned the sale of all flavored e-liquids in America.  While this is the first positive sign of progress in the Fight for the Right to Vape Movement, vaping advocacy groups caution that there is still a long way to go.

To gain public support for the controversial regulations that involve a million-dollar approval process per product, the FDA’s marketing strategy has been to denounce vaping and e-cigs as a temptation for teenagers that will eventually lead to an increase is teen smoking.  By the FDA’s reasoning, certain flavors of e-cigs like bubblegum or cotton candy should be banned as a method of helping America’s youth to avoid this alleged temptation.   Just hours ago, the White House put the kibosh on this notion, at least for the time being.

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Since there is no scientific data to support these claims, many physicians and scientists around the world have been quick to support the vaping industry, calling the FDA e-cig regulations “illegal,” “unnecessary,” and “an overstepping of the FDA’s authority.”  By the White House scrapping the proposed FDA ban on flavored e-juices, many in the vaping community are hopeful that this is a sign of better things to come.

The role of the White House in the FDA e-cig regulations

Many Americans do not know that that the FDA cannot implement any new regulations without the expressed approval of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  It was the OMB that officially deleted the FDA policy, but even more importantly, the OMB also deleted the supportive reasoning behind the proposed ban in the first place.  In doing so, several anti-vaping organizations quickly took to the media to express their outrage

 

"The FDA made an overwhelming scientific case to OMB….for reasons that are not articulated, those people (the OMD) substituted their own judgment."

-Matthew Myers, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

 

"We are deeply troubled that these important safeguards were stripped in this way when FDA repeatedly demonstrated that the science shows flavored products appeal to youth and young adults."

-Harold Wimmer, American Lung Association

 

Anti-vaping advocates continue to quote “scientific” research that flavored e-liquids are leading teenagers to vape, but perhaps the White House is now beginning to question the validity of this research, which led to the elimination of the proposed ban on flavored e-liquids.

A spokesperson for the White house, Emily Cain, made a public statement that the OMD does not comment on the internal review process of the FDA.  But clearly, something is causing the OMC to look into the legitimacy of the FDA e-cig regulations.  With two years to go until they take effect, perhaps the further dismantling, regulation by regulation, is soon to come.  

(Related Article: THE OMD AND THE FDA: WILL E-CIGS BE BANNED IN THE U.S.?)


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5 comments

  • Since when have adult activities been required to be unpleasant in order to make them unattractive to children? Do we not have liquor stores full of alcohol flavored like fruit, candy, whipped cream, and even birthday cakes? Do casinos not decorate their gaming floors with carnival-like lights and noises? Isn’t virtually every product in America advertised with pictures of attractive people having the time of their lives? No one seriously believes this is aimed primarily – or at all, in most cases – at children. One does not turn 21 and suddenly want everything in life to be tasteless, bland, and boring (that just sort of happens).

    Cecilie on
  • This is just so unreal how they think it’s all about smoking. You can get e-cig juice with no nicotine level. The FDA is out of their minds. Even doctors are trying to get smoker’s to go to vaping. I don’t get how it can be " worse than cigarettes" but we don’t even know what’s in a cigarette. While I can make juice at home.

    Rocket on
  • I have been cigarette free for about 3 months now thanks to vaping. I read in a article about the FDA and the participants that are being studied for smoking cigarettes and vaping. The FDA have kids as young as 12 participating in this study and it will not be finished studying the effects of both tobacco and vaping until 2022, I think I could be wrong but to have kids involved in this study is WRONG. The FDA doesn’t care if kids smoke cigarettes because it’s the vaping community putting a dent in the tobacco company’s profits. So the FDA was bribed into trying to ban vaping because the cigarette company’s know their out of business. The FDA is showing their true colors and that America can’t trust the FDA. The FDA cares only about money and not the well-being of America and Americans.

    Chris on
  • I have been cigarette free for about 3 months now thanks to vaping. I read in a article about the FDA and the participants that are being studied for smoking cigarettes and vaping. The FDA have kids as young as 12 participating in this study and it will not be finished studying the effects of both tobacco and vaping until 2022, I think I could be wrong but to have kids involved in this study is WRONG. The FDA doesn’t care if kids smoke cigarettes because it’s the vaping community putting a dent in the tobacco company’s profits. So the FDA was bribed into trying to ban vaping because the cigarette company’s know their out of business. The FDA is showing their true colors and that America can’t trust the FDA. The FDA cares only about money and not the well-being of America and Americans.

    Chris on
  • The FDA can burn in hell! I stopped smoking AFTER 28 years with Raspberry Candy flavored E Liquid! And have been cigarette FREE ever since! Now put that in your pipe and smoke it!!! By the way, big tobacco can’t buy their way out of existence by paying off lawmakers ANYMORE!!! We, THE PEOPLE, have SPOKEN!!

    Christian Emmons on

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