On June 19, the federal probe soliciting comments on a possible flavor ban in the vaping industry will come to an end. That’s just over two short weeks away. The time has come for millions of American vapers to get active, to get involved, and to fight for their right to vape.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government is seeking “public input” regarding three, very specific topics involving e-liquid flavors. Anyone can leave a comment. Respondents do not have to hold a PhD in medical research or be an elected official to participate. The FDA wants to hear true stories from real people regarding the following three areas.
- Have flavored e-liquids used in vaping helped or hurt smokers in their efforts to quit? If so, how? The FDA even encourages commenters to share personal stories.
- Have flavored e-liquids helped users to quit using other types of tobacco products, including cigars, pipe tobacco, and the smokeless varieties like snuff?
- How many vapers are dual users? For those who engage is dual use, how often do you vape? How often do you smoke? And in which scenarios do you either smoke or vape?
According to the official FDA announcement published March 20, 2018, the deadline is fast approaching. Furthermore, comments submitted after June 19 will not be considered. The press release even provides an easy-to-follow link to submit electronic comments. Handwritten comments sent via snail mail will also be accepted as long as they are postmarked on or before the deadline date.
“You may submit comments as follows. Please note that late, untimely filed comments will not be considered. Electronic comments must be submitted on or before June 19, 2018. The https://www.regulations.gov electronic filing system will accept comments until midnight Eastern Time at the end of June 19, 2018. Comments received by mail/hand delivery/courier (for written/paper submissions) will be considered timely if they are postmarked or the delivery service acceptance receipt is on or before that date.”
When Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos and Dr. Konstantinos Poulas published the results of their online survey last month surrounding this same issue, they claim to have received over 69,000 comments from vapers around the nation. For the FDA probe currently taking place, the current number of comments already received falls around 10,000. This means that six times as many vapers responded to the Farsalinos-Poulas vaping survey compared to this FDA probe so far. So, where are all the vapers?
To be clear, not everyone leaving comments on the FDA probe will be pro-vaping!
Vapers should not assume that all comments provided on the FDA probe are going to be decidedly pro-vaping. In fact, it is almost certain that anti-tobacco lobbyists have been actively encouraging their millions of supporters to leave comments, as well. The American Vaping Community is severely outnumbered, which is why it is so crucial for everyone to get involved.
Leaving a comment only takes a few seconds. Or vapers can leave more eloquently worded personal stories, if they chose. The point is to get involved. Please leave a quick comment through the below included link. Vapers unite!