Former Trump Official: FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb has ‘lost his mind’ over vaping ban
Matt Braynard is a former Data Chief and Strategist for President Donald Trump, and he also seems to be a very staunch and vocal advocate for vaping. In a recent interview with The Hill, the ex-Trump official suggests that Commissioner Scott Gottlieb of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must have lost his mind for attempting to regulate the American vaping industry out of business.
Under the direction of Gottlieb, the FDA has been pummeling vaping retailers and manufacturers in recent months with a series of probes, investigations, and site inspections amid accusations of kid-appealing marketing practices. The FDA also openly suggests this surge in teen vaping will theoretically act as a gateway to adult smoking addiction somewhere in the future.
However, FDA officials always fail to make clear how hooking teenagers on combustible cigarettes somehow benefits the American vaping industry in any way whatsoever. Braynard appears to find the FDA Commissioner’s argument rather ridiculous, as well.
This most recent outpouring of support of vaping by Mr. Braynard comes in response to a September 12 press announcement by the FDA calling teen vaping a national “epidemic.” The press release also states that as many as 1,100 vaping-related businesses across the country recently received official FDA warning letters regarding the sales of juuls and other vaping products to minors. Another 131 establishments even received financial penalties for repeated misconduct. The full video of the Braynard interview taking place on September 13 – the day after the FDA press release - can be viewed via The Hill.
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