Associated Press: House bill to exempt e-cigs from FDA deeming regs moves forward

The Associated Press (AP) is reporting that the House Appropriations Committee has approved legislation to exempt vaping products from portions of the controversial FDA deeming regulations. By a vote of 30-22, the bill was approved by the Republican-controlled panel, and the vote was split somewhat along party lines.  While GOP lawmakers tend to support a partial or total repeal of the FDA’s anti-vaping restrictions, at least one Democrat is quoted in the story as a vocal supporter of blocking the new rules.

Senator Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) is quoted in the story as siding with the Republicans on this issue.  Vapers might remember his name from the Cole-Bishop Amendment which failed to gain traction during the early months of the Trump Administration.  However, the core issue of the new bill is essentially the same.

According to the FDA deeming regulations, all electronic cigarettes and vaping products released to market after a predicate date of February 2007 – some ten years ago – must seek FDA approval or be removed from the marketplace.

"E-vapor products are 95 percent less harmful than combustible cigarettes…I want to help people in our country, America, to cycle off of cigarettes."

                -Sen. Sanford Bishop per the Associated Press and ABC News

But Cole is a Senator, and this recent vote on the new bill took place in the House.  While the Senator’s support is incredibly appreciated by the American vaping community, the bill would first have to pass a floor vote on the House before moving on to the Senate.  Unfortunately, Democratic support in the House is somewhat lacking.

Case in point:  Democratic Rep. Nita Lowey opposes FDA vaping bill 

AP reporter Andrew Taylor also published a short, one-sentence statement from Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) who strongly opposes the new bill to remove or change the predicate date.  Even though Cole and Lowey are from the same political party and have seemingly opposite points of view, Lowey manages to spout approximately three falsehoods in her less-than-twenty-five-word statement to the AP.

"While we do not know what is in e-cigarettes, study after study finds that most show high levels of formaldehyde and other cancer-causing chemicals." 

First, we DO know what is in e-cigarettes.  It’s really no big secret.   And most retailers would agree that a certain amount of regulation of ingredients is warranted.  They might also agree that the ingredients should be clearly displayed on the label.  It’s the rest of the FDA deeming regulations involving all other products, materials, and devices released to market some ten years ago that sticks in the craw of the vaping industry.

Second, those claims of “high levels of formaldehyde” have been proven misleading time and time again.  When that “study” was first published approximately two years ago, scientists around the world quickly debunked its conclusions.    Apparently, the scientists involved with the bogus study had cranked up the heat on the vaping device to a whopping 800-degrees or more, which led to the increased levels.

And lastly, “study after study” also proves that electronic cigarettes contain significantly less “cancer-causing chemicals”...than cigarettes!   In fact, numerous scientists – including the Royal College of Physicians in the UK - agree that e-cigs are 95% less toxic.  That’s the key part of the equation that vaping haters like Rep. Lowey always seem to leave out.



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