The consistent push by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label vaping and e-cigs as a gateway to tobacco products is drawing outrage from scientists around the world. A recent article published on April 25, 2016, in the online medical journal Addiction included opinions from seven of the most highly regarded tobacco control experts from around the globe.
According to the report, these doctors believe that the FDA is focusing on the wrong issue. The government agency should be supporting the vaping industry rather than trying to over-regulate it. The proposed FDA e-cig taxes are simply too excessive and can easily lead to the death of the entire industry. Meanwhile, there is no scientific evidence to support the FDA’s claim that e-cigs lead to smoking.
"We're concerned the FDA, which has asserted its right to regulate e-cigarettes, will focus solely on the possibility that e-cigarettes and other vapor nicotine products might act as (a) gateway to cigarette use," reports Dr. David Levy from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. "We believe that the discussion to date has been slanted against e-cigarettes, which is unfortunate, because the big picture tells us that these products appear to be used mostly by people who already are or who are likely to become cigarette smokers."
The FDA regulations in their current form would require all e-cig and vaping products released after a predication date of February 15, 2007 to undergo a very costly and lengthy Pre-Market Tobacco Applications (PMTA) process. The application requires a hefty fee that most retailers could not afford. Furthermore, only one PMTA application has been approved in the past six years.
Industry insiders predict that over 99% of all vaping and e-cig products currently on the market would essentially disappear overnight should the FDA e-cig taxes take effect. In an instant, millions of vapers would be at high risk of returning to smoking as an alternative, the doctors warn.
FDA E-cig Taxes are not the answer.
According to the findings of these world class physicians, vapers are now leading the fight against smoking. Instead of punishing the vaping industry, it should be rewarded. The recent passing of the Cole-Bishop Amendment by the House Appropriations Committee may be a good next step in the fight to stop the FDA e-cig taxes. If approved by Congress, then the predicate date would move forward to the original signing date of the FDA deeming regulations instead of one from almost ten years prior.