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7 world class doctors blast FDA e-cig taxes, U.S. needs to support vaping

Posted by Matt Rowland on

(Courtesy of electrictobacconist.com)

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.


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  • I feel your pain more then you know, I’ve ben dealing with the political crap for a long time actually since 2009… I’m pretty sure though with All the information that I have now I might finally Break through All the BS I’ve had to over come since first entering the field of Vapor… My Advice on this is making your case based on the events and interventions that have been accepted in the past that don’t add up when compared to Vaping also Instead of requesting that All products be legal weigh it up and cut back on the DIY, The issues I’ve had with people not being rational and wanting it all and not following the law has been a nightmare.. The piece of advice is go and check All their statements and do the math you might be pleasantly surprised about what you’ll discover, Because I’ve had to research Every thing you could possibly think of to make a Stand Down Under Yet to release I’m actually finishing it tonight. Since 2009 it all better count! Anyway Their advice where it comes from and who’s pulling their strings is worth looking into. Their Statements about Youth taking to Ecigs in 2012-13 on wards and Their Gateway to Cigs is laughable. One of The Biggest mistake I believe people have made is trying to take what they assumed would be the easy path and go with the idea that because Nicotine is primarily extracted from nightshade that its a Tobacco Product BIG MISTAKE, I tried to tell some that this was a bad Idea but they didnt listen. Many different products are derived from what would normally be illegal plant substances and other organics Yet their pure form in never related to its original state. The FDA and WHO really need people that dont focus on $$ they can juice out of the system… Some Sponsors are worth checking out too along with their funding mechanisms I wish I could suggest a few but you’ll have to look into them yourself. Anyway I hope I was a little help.

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    Beau Pracilio on
  • The expense that will bankrupt most small companies that attempt to apply for product approval is the preparation of the PMTA. All sorts of professional testing are required, up to and including human clinical trials. Some estimates put the cost of getting just one flavor, one nicotine strength approved to run over a million dollars. Each variation of the product requires a separate application. The FDA is not charging any fees to look at these completed PMTAs (if any). They merely made the process so complex and costly that they won’t have to bother themselves with reviewing very many. The FDA has no powers to enact taxes. It can only collect fees authorized by legislation. The Tobacco Control Act calls for fees to be paid by the major tobacco companies, but vapor products are not covered by that.

    Elaine Keller on
  • Taxes? Who said anything about taxes. Good article but there’s no tax being implemented, just a long painful process toward prohinition.

    Brad Meyers on
  • I believe the intended amendment would be the Cole-Bishop Amendment, NOT HR-2058, which has not passed yet.

    Veronica on

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