Lawmakers Pushing back on FDA’s control over Vape Industry
May 2, 2017 - Advice, Business Management, Economy, Markets - 0 Comments
After much consideration and deliberation, on August 8th, 2016, the FDA announced that they would begin regulating the manufacturing, packaging, sales, and advertising of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. Moreover the agency specifically declared that it would be reviewing the health risks from e-cigarette introduced since 2007. But now legislators are fighting back.
Long-time vaping advocate, Rep. Duncan Hunter, just introduced a bill targeting the loosening of e-cigarette product regulations. The bill is designed to reverse an Obama supported rule that categorized e-cigarettes as a tobacco product and thus regulated by the FDA. This new bill will exempt all vape devices from a slew of rules levied on the the tobacco industry. And, with thousands of vape devices waiting for FDA approval, Reps. Tom Cole and Standford Bishop have also introduced a proposal which will exempt these devices from such approval. The application of FDA regulations on vape products has had a massive impact on the industry and it is clear that such regulation will be fought at the highest levels of government. While the final outcome has yet to be determined, there are strong allies and advocates within congress seeking to help the industry grow.